Hundreds in Iraq demand vote recount hours ahead of result
Hundreds of Iraqi's at a demonstration in Baghdad Friday demanded a recount of the vote in the March 7 parliamentary election, DPA reported.
The demonstration came just hours before the expected the release of the final result.
Supporters of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's State of Law coalition organized the peaceful demonstration in the city centre, amid tight security.
Organizers said in a statement they wanted to "protect" their votes from "being lost".
Al-Maliki called for a manual recount of the national vote, after partial results indicated that his main rival, Ayad Allawi of the Iraqiya List, had pulled ahead earlier this week.
His coalition has said it will not recognize the outcome of the election without a recount and warned of unrest.
State of Law candidate Kamal al-Saadi told Iraqi TV on Friday, that the coalition is determined to go to the Federal Court if the commission refuses their demand for manual recount
Iraq's electoral commission has repeatedly refused to recount the national votes, saying that it is "impossible, and would require several months of intensive work."