Iran-Backed Shi'ite Militias In Iraq Accuse Jordan, UAE, UN Of Tampering With Election Results, Threaten To Kill Electoral Commission Staff

October 18, 2021

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On October 18, 2021, the Coordinating Body of the Iraqi Resistance, a joint organ of Iran-backed Shi'ite militias, issued a statement commenting on the results of the Iraqi parliamentary elections, which witnessed a significant drop in the number of seats won by parties that represent these militias, and urging supporters to demonstrate "peacefully" against of the results.

The statement, which thanked supporters who took to the streets in several Iraqi cities to protest the elections results, accused the Iraqi Electoral Commission of tampering with votes to serve a foreign agenda.

"To our proud people, particularly the sons of our genuine tribes, and supporters of candidates whose votes were stolen in the worst electoral process in Iraq and perhaps the entire world, there is no doubt that you have the full right to peaceful demonstrations to express your rejection and anger about what happened and is still happening, the theft of your will and your votes by the Electoral Commission and those who manipulate it, i.e., local and international parties that wish no good for our dear Iraq [...]"

The statement further urged supporters to continue to protest "peacefully," noting that they should not damage public property and should refrain from blocking roads or attacking Iraqi security forces. It also urged the latter to protect the protesters.[1]

The statement seems to be a response to a statement issued by "Lone Lions," a new Shi'ite group which threatened to attack the staff of the Iraqi Electoral Commission and the Iraqi forces if they tried to prevent supporters of Shi'ite militias from protesting.[2]

Rejecting the results of the elections, the statement, which was posted on Telegram, said that the elections were manipulated by the United Arab Emirates.

The Lone Lions warned that if the Iraqi Electoral Commission does not backtrack on the election results, it will kill the commission's staff.

"We have identified the staff members who work for the UN militias, and we assure them that we shall be the swords that will slaughter their necks."

The statement pledged to block the roads in major Iraqi cities in support of the protests held by Shi'ite militia supporters, warning the security forces against attempting to stop the protests.

On the same day, Sabereen News, a Telegram channel affiliated with Iran-backed militias, posted photos showing militia supporters protesting in Baghdad, Kirkuk, Nasiriyah, and other cities, holding signs that read: "No, no to normalization [with Israel]," and "We reject U.S. meddling in elections."

As part of its social media campaign launched by Iran-backed militias, accusing Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, the special representative of the UN Secretary-General for Iraq, of "falsifying" the election results, Sabereen News shared a poster depicting her looking at the voting cards with the Jordanian flag in the background. This may be a reference to Shi'ite militias' claims that the UN tampered with the electronic votes using a Jordan-based server.[3]

The Arabic text on the poster reads: "Why does Plasschaert refuse to approve a manual vote count, as if she is in charge of the elections, and not just a monitor? Why was she among the first to endorse the results despite all the objections, why did millions of Iraqis' votes evaporate?"

Additionally, the post with the poster included the following text: "Why did the UN, led by Dutch whore [Plasschaert], refuse the manual count if there is no falsifying?"

[1] Telegram, October 18, 2021.

[2] Telegram, October 18, 2021.

[3] Telegram, October 18, 2021.







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