Vote counting begins in Sulaymaniyah

After Kirkuk, recounting of votes has begun in Sulaymaniyah at 220 ballot boxes.

Parliamentary elections in Iraq were held on May 12th. There were complaints from many regions about fraud and irregularities.

The coalition led by Shiite leader Moqtada al-Sadr (who teamed up with the Communist Party) ended in the first place.

After the results were announced negotiations started to try and form a new government. Indeed, negotiation on possible alliances continued and the government has not been formed, despite the announcement of a possible coalition executive between Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi and al-Sadr himself.

After the Iraqi Parliament decided for the recounting of votes by hand on June 6, the decision was approved by the Iraqi Federal Court on June 21.

Following the new hand count last week in Kirkuk, the leading region in terms of complaints filed, counting has also begun in Sulaymaniyah today.

Out of the 220 ballot boxes, 180 consist of the votes cast by residents of Sulaymaniyah and other 40 of those who migrated to the city.

The counting began with the votes of the migrants and is expected to last 3-4 days.