Faraj Haidari, head of the Independent High Electoral Commission of Iraq, was arrested yesterday on corruption charges, according to NNA News.
He has previously been summoned several times to the Iraq parliament and accused of involvement in cases of deception and corruption. Haidari managed to tell NNA News from jail that the authorities had taken him into custody for three days, after which he expects to be released and return to his job.
Faraj Haidari’s reputation and neutrality was challenged from day one of his appointment, especially in relation to the 25th July 2009 Kurdistan elections when numerous ballot boxes were found to have irregularities. On that occasion, after disputing the official results, the Gorran opposition managed to win two extra seats.