Iraq's election commission said Monday that ballot boxes at 227 voting centers were being thrown out because of fraud, but the decision was not expected to affect overall results of the Dec. 15 vote.

The Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq released its findings into 58 serious election complaints lodged after last month's vote. There were almost 32,000 voting centers nationwide.

Twenty-five of the serious complaints came from Baghdad province, the country's largest, said Hussein Hendawi, an IECI official.

Election officials said they found that fake ballots were used at some centers. About 53 centers were annulled because too many votes were cast at that polling station, Hendawi said.