Tawfiq Abbas al-Bidari said that his party, Free Republic, had registered to participate in the governorate's election, only to find that it was not on the ballot today, Radio Free Iraq's Al-Najaf correspondent reported. Al-Bidari called for a new election in the governorate.
Meanwhile, other local election lists have complained that Governor Adnan al-Zurufi's list violated regulations set by the Independent Electoral Commission, which called on all registered parties to cease campaigning 48 hours before the polls opened.
RFI reported that al-Zurufi's list continued campaigning. RFI reported on 29 and 30 January that al-Zurufi sent police out to hand out posters for his list.
The Independent Electoral Commission announced on 29 January that it would fine a number of parties, including that of Prime Minister Iyad Allawi, for violating the regulation, Radio Free Iraq reported.
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