Election Official in Basra speaks out about Fraud in election..
18-12-2005 Abd Husain Salman (election official) Basra (translated from Arabic).
I was one of the election observers in one of the Election centres in Basra, In the centre that I was sitting in the Director of the came to me and said : Go out to the other centers, so I said to him I have my others observers at the other centers and there is no need for me to go.
Then came a person to me who carried three different and said to me that he spoke to the Director of the centre who told him it is ok for him to vote three times on behalf of those people (which is forbidden according to the rules that we were trained for and set down by the election commission). And they actually gave him 3 ballots for him to use and elect, I saw this and tried to stop this, I declared my refusal to be an acumlice to this illegality, I stopped this person who was about to vote three times and asked for the Director of the centre to come and clarify this situation.
The Director of the Centre denied that he gave the ok for this person to vote on behalf of his relatives, and I demanded the recording of this event. They tried to convince me to forget it, but I kept my demand. They then, after a little while, asked me to go up to the Directors Office and started to plead with me to withdraw my complaint in fear that the results from this centre might be cancelled or declared void. After a great deal of pesuation , I finally backed down on the the condition that the people that were supposed to be voting come and get their fingers marked.
And these are my observations for the elections in Basra;
1- the majority of the election observers and officials belonged to the Shia Coalition parties.
2- The majority of the observers were of very poor educational standards, because the majority of them came to the election in exchange for payments and did not really care about the job.
3- The police members were voting in large numbers on the election day dispite the fact that they had already voted on the 12th.
4- The doors were open to every person not even registered in the election council registry, and thee were a huge number of people coming in groups coming and voting from centre to centre.
5- The ink that was used was of very poor quality, or was watered down so it is removed very easily. And there were reports coming from collegues in Basra that the police themselves charged with protecting the centre were helping people remove the ink with chemical paint remover, so that the peopler can vote again.
6- A friend of mine told me of a fraud he saw personally in one of the centre, whereby the person counting the ballots declared a s tack of ballots for 555 (UIA) whereby it was actually in fact for another party. This was spotted by another observer who bruaght this fraud to the head director of the count. He said that he will look into it, but in fact did nothing.
7- Many people voted for other people and even on behalf of the dead.Hadi Al-Mayahi, Electoral Official in election centre in Birmingham United Kingdom (overseas election centre), Tells his story about what he saw in that centre.
18-12-2005 Hadi Al-Mayahi Birmingham UK
I am Hadi al-Mayahi, One of the employees at the election centre in Birmingham Uk, which is one of the three election centre set up for over sea Iraqis living in the UK.
The fraud that happened in the election centre I was in is something unbelievable.. I swear by God I saw more than 2000 people vote twice or more and most of them Kurdish, they kept voting and coming back to vote again after an hour.
At first I didn’t know how they were managing to clean off the Ink from their fingers, until I got one of my breaks so I decided to follow them outside to work it out. I found a few people outside carrying a couple of chemical cleaners or something like that, and he was actually one of the officials who worked in the centre, and he was in cohorts with them and encouraging them to go back in to vote again.
And as I continued to look into this I managed to catch one of these guys out and he had voted 3 times already. As I confronted him he said to me and in a very rude and abusive way that yes he hasd voted 3 times and he will vote a 4th time and I will see!! So I reported him to the head official of the centre who in turn escorted him out of the centre.. But after 1 hour this guy returned with some of his friends and even was allowed to vote again.
And as I compaired the records that we were keeping I found out a large percentage of the voters had the same name and addresses. How can the herad of the over seas director of the elections Mrs.Hamdia al-husainy say that these elections outside wee of the highest standards.!!!
Do you know how mush the costs for the over seas elections were? 1.600.00 (million, sis hundred thousand). This money could have build a whole province in Iraq, instead of this idiotic fake carnival, they could have fixed the streets or electricity.
If you compare the electoral records you will see that I tell the truth, and we complained more than once, but without any result. We even threatened to withdraw from the centre. .. The Arab Iraqi workers were outnumbered 40,, while the Kurds numbered 70.. And the Director of the centre was Kurdish and the head of security was Kurdish.. they said to us and very rudely,, that even if you guys withdraw then that will not change a thing.. we will do this without you,,
Thank you….your brother/ Hadi Al-Mayahi.Fraud Reports in elections centre in Najaf.
19-12-2005 Akeel Hassaan.(translated from Arabic)
1- The Najaf city president visited a number of election centres in the jadaria district of the city. This is against the rules of the electoral directs which stipulate that no government officials are allowed to do thus thing.
2- There were special areas in the head electoral counting centres set aside which no one was allowed to enter unless you belonged to a certain party. This was where the ballot boxes were kept and final counts done in.
3- There were even centres set up separate allocated for Afghani and Iranians living and studying in Iraq ( Religious schools) where these people can go and vote. These people did not hold an Iraqi citizenship and one of these centres is (election centre : Tahtheeb School / centre 5) in Jadedat district.. And other centres.
4- In the election centre ( Al-yaqta school) in Hanoon district/ Amam hasan al-askary street… the electroral Director went about stamping the ballot forms in large numbers and put it all in the boxes himself (Mr. Fural Wahab Habeeb,)
5- In the election centre (Nahruwan school/centre 2) Jadadat district.. they went about giving the ballots to the people without even checking for identification documents. (reported by / Mr. Rayath mahammed)
6- In the electoral centre(Amal school) the director went about giving ballots to people without identification.
7- In the election centre(Amal school) the director of the election went about giving ballots to people who were not even registered in that district, but wee in fact from the Al-Aasskaria district.
8- In most of the electoral centres in Najaf.. the Electoral workers went about themselves asking and requesting from people to vote for particular parties that they favoured.. and this happened under the gaze and supervision of the Director of the election centre. (Malik al-Ashtar school election centre)
9- In the election centre (Al-tasamoh school) in the Matloom District,, there were a great deal of fraudualant rule breaking.. as it was observed that a large number of people were allowed to go about to vote on behalf 10 and even 20 other people on the excuse that they were family members agsent and not able to attend the election. All this without even documentations.. This, in addition to having the head of the police force captain for the centre (Mr. Aad hasn Halal) tell people while standing near the ballot box, to vote for a particular party.. All this under rthe gaze of the directors and officals..
10- Their was abuse of the people who did not read and right, where by the officials of a certain centre went about voting for 555 party on behalf of these individuals even if that was not what they wanted.. One of these centres was (Al-malag and batoola/Rathia district) director of centre ( Kasim Sad Kathim Al-kazee)
11- The use of the Marjaiya followers in the areas and districts mentioned and in the farming areas to cause fear and disturbance and to cause the people to vote for 555 and to give a religious excuses for the officials who participate in fraud.. they even called for people to vote for more than once as that is good for them.. And that whoever doesn’t vote for 555 then he will be judged by Allah on judgment day.. (and these persons were followers of .. Sheik Mahomed Al-zaheeri head Imam of the Marjaiya in the Rathaweeya district).