By John Lee
Iraq's Independent High Electoral Commission has confirmed that the final official results of the April 30th elections will be announced on the 25th of May.
So far a number of sources have released preliminary results, or what they have described as a first count. Elsewhere, various parties have claimed an approximate number of seats while PM Maliki has claimed he has enough seats to retain premiership.
It is notable that in the past, early announcements of election results have tended to be unreliable.
(Image: Essam al-Sudani)