Friday, July 17, 2009

Kurdistan Election Results to be Verified in Baghdad

The Higher Electoral Commission in Baghdad and other election monitors will oversee the vote count for the upcoming elections for the Kurdish region's parliament.

According to Hamdiyah Husseini of the Electoral Commission, ballots from the 5369 stations will be counted in 1184 centers in the Kurdish provinces. The count from each station will be recorded on special forms in the presence of election monitors, the media, and representatives of political parties. Those forms will then be sent in secure boxes to a national counting center in Baghdad to produce and announce the final results.

Husseini added that paper ballots will be stored in secure boxes at the main electoral centers of each province. Those boxes are to be opened only under the supervision of monitors and representatives of political parties in cases of objections to the results.

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