The Iraqi parliament ordered a full recount of the country's recent parliamentary election that resulted in an unexpected victory for Sayyed Muqtada al-Sadr.
The country's outgoing 328-seat parliament voted in favor of a manual recount of all 11 million ballots from the May 12 poll in response to charges of electoral fraud.
In the same respect, Iraqi MPs also sacked a nine-member independent electoral commission that oversaw the process and replaced the body with judges.
Soon after the elections, several districts had complained about the result when preliminary numbers first began trickling in on May 12 and May 13.
For his part, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi blamed electronic vote counting devices used by the IHEC, which he said had been used without prior inspection for errors.
According to intelligence services, tests of electronic voting machines - used for the first time in Iraqi elections - produced varied results, appearing to give credence to the fraud claims.
Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team