Word of the review came as Sunni Arab leaders repeated accusations of fraud after initial reports from the provinces suggested the constitution had passed. Among the Sunni allegations are that police took ballot boxes from heavily “no” districts, and that some “yes” areas had more votes than registered voters.
Yep, sounds like a democracy…
Election officials in many provinces have released their initial counts, indicating that Sunni attempts to defeat the charter failed.
But the commission found that the number of “yes” votes in most provinces appeared “unusually high” and would be audited, with random samples taken from ballot boxes to test them, said the commission’s head, Adil al-Lami.
The high numbers were seen among the nine Shiite provinces of the south and the three Kurdish ones in the north, al-Lami told The Associated Press.
Those provinces reported to AP “yes” votes above 90 percent, with some as high as 97 and 98 percent.
Too soon to tell if these numbers are actually wrong or not, but if a recent poll that showed a 2% approval rating for Bush’s leadership among blacks was decried as absurd, shouldn’t the same scrutiny be given to a 98% on a referendum vote?