"Tomorrow, at 4pm, we will announce the results," commission spokesman Farid Ayar said.

The final vote tally had been expected earlier in the week but was delayed while ballot boxes were checked for signs of tampering.

Partial results so far show an alliance of mainly Shia groups in the lead, with a coalition of the two main Kurdish parties second and a bloc led by interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi third.

Turnout

Voter turnout figures for 12 of Iraq's 18 governorates have been made available. They include:

- Babil: 494,054 voted 71% of registered voters
- Baghdad: 1,750,772 voted - 48% of registered voters
- Diyala: 210,574 voted - 34% of registered voters
- Dohuk: 383,265 voted - 89% of registered voters
- Karbala: 297,201 voted - 73% of registered voters
- Maysan: 246,957 voted - 59% of registered voters
- Muthanna: 173,155 voted - 61% of registered voters
- Najaf: 359,268 voted - 73% of registered voters
- Qadisiya: 337,220 voted - 69% of registered voters
- Sulaymaniya: 731,323 voted - 80% of registered voters
- Dhi Qar: 522,271 voted - 67% of registered voters
- Wasit: 324,678 voted - 66% of registered voters

The voter turnout figures for several Sunni-dominated governorates have not yet been provided.