Iraq vote count too close to call

The votes tallied so far suggest weeks or months of horse-trading ahead.

    Vote counting in Iraq's elections is under way,
    but official results could take weeks [AFP]
    LATEST RESULTS
    Iraq election tally so far

    Also, as the results are not drawn equally from across the city, the figures are not representative.

    Of the votes counted, 75 per cent were from Risafa, which is a predominiately Shia district and 25 per cent comes from Karkh, which is more Sunni and mixed.

    Caution over Baghdad

    Hazem al-Nuaimi, a political analyst, cautioned against reading too much into any early results from Baghdad as the city is now largely segregated along sectarian lines.

    special report

    "It is clear that the final votes will be distributed among the blocs closely," Nuaimi said. "This means there will no winning bloc with a big margin."

    Baghdad is worth twice as many seats in Iraq's next parliament as the next largest province.

    The parliament has a total of 325 seats.

    The votes tallied so far suggest weeks or months of horse-trading ahead to form a government and pick a prime minister.

    Allegations of fraud may also unsettle the scenario.

    Iraqiya has charged that ballots were dumped in the garbage, nearly a quarter of a million soldiers were denied voting rights and electoral commission workers fiddled with vote counts.

    After the last elections in 2005, sectarian violence erupted as politicians took months to form a government.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera and agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Why Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel

    Why Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel

    No country in the world recognises Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

    Inside the world of Chinese bitcoin mining

    Inside the world of Chinese bitcoin mining

    China is one of the main exchange markets and hosts some of the biggest bitcoin 'mining pools' in the world.

    Africa is not poor, we are stealing its wealth

    Africa is not poor, we are stealing its wealth

    It's time to change the way we talk and think about Africa.