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December 19, 2005
LEAKS ARE CAUSING TROUBLE IN IRAQ, according to Omar:
The IECI stressed repeatedly that no results should be considered official until the commission itself announces the final results but still, numbers and percentages keep leaking from different sources, including people in the commission.
The worries of voters are being fueled by the announcements that keep coming from this or that list declaring “smashing victories” here and there.
Some lists are taking partial results that leak from a single polling center and generalize them over an entire province to give the impression that they have won. Of course none of this can be confirmed or denied until all votes are counted and sorted out.
Maybe one day Iraqi government officials will be as disciplined and leak-resistant as people are here. Come to think of it, they already are!