It’s been more than two weeks since Iraq held provincial elections and still no word on final results. The Independent High Electoral Commission has announced and then canceled a series of press conferences. Today they nullified 30 ballot boxes after finding fraud, most in the province of Anbar where tribal sheikhs accused the incumbent Sunni party, the Iraqi Islamic Party, of vote rigging.
Many worried the accusations of fraud would lead to violence but so far the province remains relatively calm. While the nullification of boxes will change results slightly, there will be no re vote in any of the 14 of 18 Iraqi provinces where the vote took place.
The number is tiny compared to the thousands of centers
where Iraqis went to vote. The commission has no plans to rectify the thousands
of displaced who could not vote.
So, for now, we wait and see final results of the elections.