Cancellation of Peshmerga votes in May election was unconstitutional: Iraq court

<p style="text-align: left;">Iraq&amp;rsquo;s top court upheld on Thursday a law mandating a nationwide recount of votes in a May parliamentary election but ruled that the cancellation of overseas, displaced, and Peshmerga ballots was unconstitutional.

Parliament had canceled some results such as overseas and displaced votes by amending the election law this month.

The verdict from the Supreme Federal Court confirms the recount process, which has already begun after judges took over leadership of Iraq&rsquo;s Independent High Elections Commission. The verdict is final and not subject to appeal, Reuters reported.

The court was tasked with ruling on the matter after the law amendment was challenged by Iraq&rsquo;s president, the election commission chief, and a Kurdish party.

The remainder of the election law was constitutional, Judge Medhat al-Mahmoud said in the verdict.

Nationalist cleric Moqtada al-Sadr and militia chief Hadi al-Amiri, who won first and second place respectively in the polls, have announced an alliance between their political blocs.

But no government has been formed yet and parliament has mandated a recount of the vote.

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