Two winning candidates disqualified: Iraq officials

An Iraqi election official says a special court tasked with reviewing election-related complaints has disqualified two winning candidates from the March 7 parliamentary election.

Updated: Apr 26, 2010, 19:14 PM IST

Baghdad: An Iraqi election official says a special court tasked with reviewing election-related complaints has disqualified two winning candidates from the March 7 parliamentary election.
At least one of the two belongs to a coalition led by a secular Shiite and which defeated Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki`s bloc, winning 91 seats, compared to 89 by the incumbent.

The official, Saad al-Rawi, said to a news agency Monday it was still unclear whether the decision would affect the outcome of the vote.

The court was acting on a request by a committee which vets candidates for ties to Saddam Hussein`s regime.

Since the court also threw out the votes the barred candidates received, the commission must now figure out whether that changes the outcome.

Bureau Report