ERBIL — Demonstrations against the results of the recent parliamentary elections have been ongoing in Iraq, particularly in the capital Baghdad, demanding a manual recount of the ballots from all stations.
Speaking to Shafaq News, a security source pointed out that around 1,500 demonstrators, believed to be supporters of the pro-Iran Shia parties, took to the streets in Baghdad on Monday evening.
However, there was no intention of escalation on the part of the protesters, the source noted, adding that the federal police forces with two vehicles of the presidential brigade had been deployed to the area.
Moreover, Hashd al-Shaabi, the Baghdad Operations, as well as the law enforcement units were also seen in the area, according to the source.
Except for the Sadrist Movement of powerful Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, which has won 73 seats, the majority of the pro-Iran Shia parties have rejected the results of the general elections, continuing to demand a manual recount of all ballots.
Earlier today, Iraq's Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) announced that it had accepted 22 additional complaints related to the results of the parliamentary elections, but that hundreds of others were rejected.
It further explained that out of 483, it rejected 461 complaints because there were no evidences attached, pointing out that the ballots from 297 stations will be manually recounted in a number of provinces, starting this upcoming Wednesday.