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UN certifies Iraqi constitution referendum results

[JURIST] A senior UN official said Tuesday that reported election results from the October 15 referendum [JURIST report] ratifying the Iraqi constitution [JURIST news archive] are correct. Carina Perelli, director of the UN Electoral Assistance Division [official website], called the results "accurate" and defended the standards and controls used in the election and the subsequent audit of votes. Just days after the election, the Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq (IECI) [official website] announced the audit in response to concerns about an unusually high number of “yes” votes [JURIST report]. Final results released earlier Tuesday by the IECI showed that 79% of voters supported the referendum nationwide with only two provinces defeating it. Reuters has more.

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