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05BAGHDAD5149 2005-12-28 15:24 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Baghdad
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C O N F I D E N T I A L BAGHDAD 005149 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 12/28/2015 
TAGS: PGOV KDEM PNAT IZ
SUBJECT: INDEPENDENT POLITICIAN MITHAL AL-ALUSI CLAIMS IECI 
CORRUPTION 
 
Classified By: Political Counselor Robert Ford for reasons 
1.4(b) and (d) 
 
1.  (C)  Summary: Mithal al-Alusi, an Independent Sunni 
Arab and founder of the Iraqi Nation Party, claimed 
December 27 that the Independent Electoral Commission of 
Iraq (IECI) is attempting to alter seat allocation in the 
new Council of Representatives by counting ballots the 
IECI's own investigate commission deemed fraudulent.  Alusi 
said two of the IECI commissioners have forced the counting 
of these ballots.  Alusi stands to lose a seat if the vote 
count alters dramatically.  End Summary. 
 
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I AM BEING ROBBED OF MY SEAT 
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2.  (C)  Mithal al-Alusi, former De-Ba'athification 
Committee Chairman and founder of the Iraqi Nation Party, 
told PolOff December 27 that Adel Alami, IECI's Chief 
Operating Officer, told him on December 27, "I have 
evidence of fraud and forgery, but I can't expose this 
because it would make big trouble for me and change who 
gets seats in the new government."  NOTE: Allami is known 
to make broad, off-the-cuff statements, unsupported by 
concrete evidence. END NOTE. 
 
3.  (C)  Based on preliminary results, Mithal al-Alusi is 
currently projected to win one seat, at most in Baghdad, 
for the new Council of Representatives.   The IECI chose 
not to count 45 ballot boxes from Baghdad during the 
preliminary results due to fraud allegations.  The IECI 
audited the votes in these boxes December 27, and IECI 
staff will prepare a report.  According to Alusi, IECI 
staff is "under pressure" from Commissioners Aida Salhey 
and Su'ad al-Jubouri to count these ballots in an effort to 
keep him from gaining a seat.  Mithal said these ballots 
would benefit Salih Mutlak's National Dialogue (667) and 
the Iraqi National Common Council (784), allegedly a Sunni 
group. 
 
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IECI AWAITING AUDIT REPORT BEFORE DECIDING 
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4.  (C)  If found "not fraudulent," and if counted towards 
the official results, these votes would total approximately 
22,000.  NOTE: This is enough to re-distribute one or two 
seats in Baghdad, but only if these votes are skewed to one 
party.  However, this should not occur. Normally, one would 
expect the same distribution of votes of the total to be 
represented in these boxes. END NOTE. 
 
5.  (C)  The UN indicated the votes in question would not 
affect the results by even one seat.  The audits of these 
boxes showed some indications of tampering in some of the 
boxes, but not all.  The IECI Board is awaiting a final 
report from the audit team and will decide whether they 
will include these boxes or not in the total count. 
 
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COMMENT 
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6.  (C)  In a separate conversation December 27, Secretary 
General of the Assyrian Democratic Movement Yonadem Kuna 
also mentioned to PolOffs that these 45 ballot boxes would 
benefit the Iraqi National Common Council (784).  He, too, 
was concerned the counting of these ballots might cost al- 
Rafidain its seat in Baghdad.  On the other hand, the IECI 
said the complaint against these ballots implicated Shi'a 
leader Abd al-Aziz al Hakim's United Iraqi Alliance. 
 
7.  (C) Comment: Finger-pointing and complaints of 
elections abuse continue on all sides.  The IECI should 
show that their auditing process is valid and transparent 
to ensure Iraqis - especially the many disheartened Sunni 
Arabs who cannot adjust to the fact that they are not the 
majority sect in Iraq. 
KHALILZAD

 


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