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U.N. Envoy Sees No Major Fraud in Iraq Vote

Friday, 12 Mar 2010 11:22 AM

BAGHDAD - The United Nations is not seeing widespread fraud that could affect the outcome of the Iraq election, but it is still waiting for details of hundreds of complaints launched by political parties, according to senior UN officials.

In his first interview since Iraq’s historic elections on Sunday, the top UN envoy to Iraq, Ad Melkert, told The Christian Science Monitor it was important to distinguish between individual issues by politicians and “issues of a structural nature that may impact the outcome of the elections.”

“So far there is no indication that there is something of the latter kind,” said Mr. Melkert, a former Dutch politician who is the special representative of the secretary-general.

Only a fraction of results from Iraq’s 18 provinces have been tallied, but election observers are predicting a very close race between a coalition led by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and that of Iyad Allawi, a secular Shiite installed as Iraq’s first prime minister after the fall of Saddam Hussein.
UN investigating fraud complaints

With the stakes so high, Mr. Allawi and other political leaders have issued a steady stream of public complaints alleging voter intimidation, ballot tampering, and other forms of fraud they say have cut into their support.

Melkert said there were almost 100 lawyers supported by the UN who were looking into complaints that have ranged from missing names on voter registration lists to tampering with data entry at the voting centers.

The UN has sent teams to investigate complaints in Ninevah and Kirkuk, both of them politically sensitive areas where there have been a flurry of complaints of voter intimidation and tampering with the ballots.

“I have not to date seen a pattern of massive fraud,” said a senior UN official who did not want to be quoted by name out of concern that the organization might be viewed as whitewashing complaints. “What I do see is that in some places, some things have happened that for the time being can be seen as relatively isolated.” He said those incidents could involve dozens among a total of 50,000 voting stations.

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