Iraq's Independent High Electoral Commission employee closes a ballot box at a polling station during the parliamentary election in the Sadr City district of Baghdad, Iraq May 12, 2018. REUTERS/Thaier al-Sudani
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Iraq's election commission ignored an anti-corruption body's warnings about the credibility of electronic vote-counting machines used in May's parliamentary election, according to investigators and a document seen by Reuters. The devices, provided by South Korean company Miru Systems under a deal with the Independent High Elections Commission, are at the heart of fraud allegations that led to a manual recount in some areas after the May 12 election.Iraq's Board of Supreme Audit expressed reservations about the vote-counting system in a report it sent to the IHEC on May 9, three days before the election.The election was the first in which an electronic vote-counting system has been used in Iraq.The digitized system was intended to help regulate and speed up the vote-counting process.Abdul Kareem Abtan, a member of a parliamentary fact-finding committee formed to investigate whether fraud was linked to the devices, said the committee had concerns about the system.A BSA official told Reuters an IHEC director had signed the contract with Miru in March 2017 .
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