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Commission Says No Fraud Found After Iraq Election Recount

Officials audit suspect ballots at a counting center in Kirkuk on March 18.
An Iraqi election official has said that a recount of votes cast in Baghdad in Iraq's March 7 elections has been completed and that no fraud was found.

Qasim al-Abudi, a spokesman for the Independent High Electoral Commission, said the results of the recount will be made public on May 17.

Some 2.5 million ballots in the country's recent parliamentary elections were manually recounted for the recount.

The recount of votes for Baghdad was requested by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, who alleged violations in polling stations.

Baghdad accounts for about one-fifth of the 325 seats in parliament.

compiled from agency reports