Before turbulent election day, Iraq ignored key warnings

As Iraq suffers a crisis of public confidence in its May 12 election results, evidence shows the election commission failed to act on detailed UN warnings about serious problems.
Before turbulent election day, Iraq ignored key warnings
Riyadh al-Badran, the head of Iraq's Independent Higher Election Commission, speaks during a news conference in Baghdad on May 31, 2018. (KHALID AL-MOUSILY/Reuters)

BAGHDAD - Iraq's electoral commission neglected to heed a series of pre-election warnings by the UN about serious flaws in its new electronic voting systems, according to official letters obtained by Iraq Oil Report.

The documents do not provide any evidence that the results of Iraq's May 12 national elections were fraudulently manipulated, but they do show that the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) was aware of - and failed to address - technical problems that contributed to an ongoing crisis of confidence in the electoral process.

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