Iraq thwarts attempt to rig elections

With over a month until Iraq goes to the polls, Prime Minister Mustafa Al Kadhimi said on Wednesday attempts to rig the early parliamentary elections were foiled.

The revelation comes amid speculation and media leaks that the intelligence service had arrested former Electoral Commission member Miqdad Al Sharifi on accusations of involvement in fraud in previous elections, local media reported.

Official authorities did not issue any confirmation. Prominent Shia cleric Muqtada Al Sadr has announced his boycott of the upcoming parliamentary elections in Iraq.