Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Stealing the Iraqi election

An Iraqi court disqualified 52 candidates Monday from the country's parliamentary elections, including two who won seats, and threw out their votes in a decision that could potentially change the outcome of the March 7 vote.

At least one of the winning candidates came from the coalition of secular challenger Ayad Allawi, which won 91 seats compared with 89 seats for a bloc led by incumbent Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, said Saad al-Rawi, a member of the independent commission that oversees Iraq's elections.

. . . However, al-Rawi said it was still unclear how the decision would affect the outcome until the commission is able to recalculate the results once those votes have been removed.

Any armed insurgents who put down their guns in order to vote will pick up their arms again if their candidate is "disqualified" after the election and their votes "recalculated".

Is this really the democracy we fought and died for?

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