They do say that a week is a long time in politics, and that cannot be more evident than in what has happened in Iraq over the duration of this week. The week started with the commencement of the recount process, a process demanded by the State Of Law headed by Nouri Al-Maliki, and conditionally and reluctantly accepted by his rivals. After many of these conditions appear to have been met, the recount started on Monday and up to yesterday over 2,000 out 11,000 stations have been recounted, with reports suggesting no change to the results.
It is worth noting that State of Law had filed another complaint on Monday to stop the recount because they are unhappy over the mechanism and would like the recount to include checking the signatures and electorate lists, a task the Elelctoral Commission has claimed is not only within its jurisdiction but also would take around 3 months to complete.
After all the wrangling and the insistence on carrying out the recount, one wonders what for when all of a sudden the recount seems to be a minor issue that is not even worth any media coverage thanks to the newly formed alliance. There are two explanations for this strange turn of events. Either the demand for a recount by SOL was simply a delaying tactic to buy time and cement an alliance, or SOL had initially truly believed they had won the elections and that the recount would prove that but once they realised that it was not the case, they panicked and scrambled to form the alliance and exclude AlIraqiya.
Going back to the recount, we should all hope for democracy’s sake that the recount does not change the results, so that at least the voters’ faith in voting remains, even if their faith in the politicians diminishes.