Let the Games begin…

IHEC says results outside it would be incorrect

Iraq’s Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) said on Sunday that any results of the parliamentary elections that are to be announced from any other organizations or officials would be “incorrect.”

“Any mass media that would announce the results of today’s parliamentary elections would not be correct,” the IHEC was quoted by al-Iraqiya TV.

“The IHEC is the sole organization that will announce the correct results of Iraq’s legislative elections,” it added.

That ‘Independent’ commission would be the same one co-chaired by Ahmed Chalabi and Al Lami, whom I feature prominently in this prior post of mine…

With that in mind…

Layla is not singing the Iraqi blues…

I love you Iraq.

…so far 2 important, crucial points

1) Overwhelming majority win for the secular nationalist bloc Al-IRAQIYA in many provinces including NAJAF.

2) Serious warnings issued by that same bloc about fraud attempts – namely the filling out of empty voting cards, the extra ones that have been printed. see my previous posts and the voting cards of many who were unable to present themselves to the election centers due to threats, bombs, deliberately barred transport etc…

Preliminary conclusion: This is a huge MORAL defeat for the Shiite parties and for Maliki in particular…Iraqis across the provinces have shown that they REJECT Shite sectarianism and Iran and they have also shown what I have been saying all along for the past 4 years – that we are essentially a secular people and nationalistic one.

This is ALSO a symbolic defeat for Iran and for the AMERICAN plan, the agenda with which they brutally and criminally occupied us, dividing us along sectarian lines.

The results will not doubt be tampered with….hence that is why am blogging about the preliminary ones and tweeting about them as they come out…for the record.

Indeed… However, even the Grey Lady is tracking a similar trend. With 38 dead, by latest accounts, in sporadic bombings at polling places throughout Iraq, I did rather enjoy this anecdote…

“The bombings, it seems, provoked the people to vote,” the official said.

The Guardian even echoes the Iraqis’ indomitable will…

Iraqis brave bombs and rockets to go to the polls

Turnout expected to be high in parliamentary election despite rocket and mortar attacks that killed 25 in Baghdad today

It is encouraging… However, Al Jazeera counsels
Patience urged in Iraq vote count…

Time shall tell…!

Pass the popcorn…!