- The Washington Times - Monday, January 16, 2006

Charges of widespread voting fraud in Iraq’s December election were put to rest yesterday (at least as far the facts are concerned) with the announcement by Iraq’s Electoral Commission that only 227 of the estimated 31,000 ballot boxes around the country would need to be voided due to irregularities.

The voiding of 227 boxes follows an investigation of charges of widespread fraud, levelled mostly by Sunnis who insisted the Baghdad tallies were inaccurate. It will not affect the outcome of the election, authorities announced, confirming previous certifications by election observers who called the vote mostly free and fair.

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