Hundreds of people supporting the political party of Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki took to the streets of Basra on Wednesday to demand a manual recount of Iraq's March 7 election.
Al-Maliki also has asked for a manual recount. Supporters of his State of Law election bloc marched outside the provincial government's offices in central Basra, in southern Iraq, to urge the Independent High Electoral Commission to count the votes again.
A few days ago, hundreds of al-Maliki supporters took the streets of Najaf and Karbala to demand a manual recount. The Independent High Electoral Commission, however, has rejected his demand.
Spokesman Judge Qassim al-Aboodi has said there must be "compelling reasons" and strong evidence of widespread fraud for a recount.
Saad Al-Rawi , a commissioner with electoral body, told CNN Wednesday that "we made our decision a few days ago and nothing is going to change it. There will be no manual counting and this is according to IHEC's professional standards." Al-Rawi said that the final election results will be announced on Friday.
Votes from the election are still being tallied and the race is too close to call.