Most candidates fail to appeal in Iraq Baath ban

Nearly 500 candidates for Iraq's March 7 vote were disqualified from standing for alleged links to Baath party, sparking political uproar.

Most candidates fail to appeal in Iraq Baath ban

Almost all the candidates who contested their ban from Iraq's upcoming parliamentary election did not submit their cases properly and lost the chance to appeal, an Iraqi legal body said on Tuesday.

Nearly 500 candidates for Iraq's March 7 vote were disqualified from standing in the election by the Justice and Accountability Commission for alleged links to Saddam Hussein's outlawed Baath party, sparking political uproar.

Many of the candidates have been replaced by their parties and some have had their ban lifted, leaving 177 cases in the appeals process. But only 37 were lodged correctly, leaving the rest disqualified, a commission spokesman said.

"Just 37 candidates presented their application to investigate their ban to (the election watchdog). The rest presented their applications to the appeals commission directly, which means they lost their opportunity to review their ban," said spokesman Khalid al-Shami.


Reuters

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