- In order to provide its readers with coverage of the
sham elections taking place in Iraq under US insistence on Sunday, Mafkarat
al-Islam correspondents went out early Sunday to walk through the streets
and lanes of Baghdad.
- During the day they documented numerous cases of fraud.
- The correspondents found that the Iraqi Communist Party,
a lackey organization of the US invaders, and the National Accord Party,
which is led by puppet "prime minister" Iyyad 'Allawi, hired
groups of women, children, youths and unemployed persons to work for them.
These people were trotted before television cameras several times on Sunday
to claim that there was "heavy voter turnout" at the polling
- Mafkarat al-Islam correspondents found that those hired
hands also claimed that Iraqi puppet police and puppet national guardsmen
were "at their best" helping voters get to the polls.
- Along similar lines, Jalal Talibani's Kurdish chauvinist
party distributed money and medium-sized transistor radios to all who agreed
to wander over to the polls and vote, in an effort to encourage Kurdish
voters to support their election slate.
- Mr. 'Ali Nayif a resident of al-Karakh ath-Thani district
in Baghdad said that in their local polling place everyone entering the
building was asked to vote for a specific candidate. In some cases, he
said, election workers would mark ballot form for the voter.
- The second most senior Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent
in Baghdad reported that he confirmed four cases of false votes within
just five minutes in the polling station in Mahallat ash-Shaykh Ma'ruf
al-Karakhi. Members of Ahmad Chelebi's Iraqi National Congress Party were
bringing in non-Iraqi citizens, probably Iranians, and the party members
would issue them false Iraqi citizenship certificates, which they would
use to get into the polls where they would then vote for Chelebi's party.
One election observer who worked for the United Nations also observed such
a case, the reporter noted, saying that he told a foreign news company
"we have uncovered just four cases of fraud and we don't know how
many might have taken place that went unregistered."
- The correspondents noted that the US and puppet authorities
had already designated certain specific satellite TV stations to cover
the elections by conducting interviews with voters and officials. Those
interviews were then distributed to all the other networks and news agencies.
The officially designated satellite companies were al-'Arabiyah Satellite
Network, the Iraqi Qanat ash-Sharqiyah, the Iraqi government TV station,
and the American CNN.
- All the correspondents for Mafkarat al-Islam confirmed
that they had challenged any Iraqi or American official or even any of
the satellite networks to mention that this arrangement was a fact.
- The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent in Baghdad's al-Karradah
district reported that that district was supposed to have 22,000 voters.
In fact only 700 showed up, all of them followers of the parties running
candidates. The al-Karradah district is known to be one of the biggest
in Baghdad in terms of population density, and it is predominantly Christian.
- "Israeli" Newspaper Correspondents Vote In
- The Zionist newspaper Ma'ariv on Sunday published a picture
of its correspondent for Arab affairs, Jaki Huji, who is of Iraqi descent
but a citizen of "Israel" voting in the Iraqi election in an
election office in Jordan. The newspaper reported that Huji arrived in
Amman with the Iraqi passport of his grandfather and the "Israeli"
passports of himself and his father. Though he was questioned at the polling
place, he was allowed to vote in the Iraqi election.
- The correspondent said that he voted for a pro-western
party. Huji said that another Zionist journalist working for Haaretz was
also able to vote in the Iraqi election as were two more in Washington
- US, Britain Arrest Sunni Religious Leaders On Eve Of
- Numerous reports have come in to Mafkarat al-Islam indicating
the US and British forces launched a major campaign of arrests of Sunni
religious leaders throughout Iraq on the eve of their election farce in
the country. Twenty-eight imams, preachers, and scholars were arrested,
included three muftis (Islamic jurisconsults), one of whom was 87 years
old, ant the other two both more than 60.
- All the religious figures were arrested on charges of
inciting to boycott the election, and encouraging armed jihad against the
American occupation forces.
- The spokesman for Iraqi Sunni pious endowments (Waqf)
told Mafkarat al-Islam that the legal adviser to the Sunni Waqf board,
Shaykh Ahmad an-Nadawi and also Shaykh 'Abd ar-Rahman the imam and preacher
in the al-Mahmudiyah Mosque, and Shaykh Ahmad al-Jannabi, the imam and
preacher in the al-Aqsa Mosque were all arrested.
- US troops raided the home of Shaykh Zahir ad-Darri, the
brother of Shaykh Harith ad-Darri, General Secretary of the Board of Muslim
'Ulama' Scholars in Iraq.
- Correspondents of Mafkarat al-Islam in Samarra', ar-Ramadi,
Mosul, and Tikrit confirmed that early Sunday morning, US forces in those
areas also arrested numerous influential religious figures known for their
opposition to the elections.