In­ter­nally dis­placed per­sons to reg­is­ter for pro­vin­cial elec­tions

The Kurdish Globe - - FRONT PAGE - By Salih Wal­ad­bagi

Sulaimaniya’s Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of the In­de­pen­dent Higher Elec­toral Com­mis­sion has an­nounced that In­ter­nally Dis­placed Peo­ple (IDP) from the mid­dle and south of Iraq can record their name in reg­is­tra­tion cen­ters for the coming pro­vin­cial elec­tions.

Hawre Tofiq, the di­rec­tor, stated in a press con­fer­ence that 60,000 peo­ple are cur­rently liv­ing in the city. He added that there are five reg­is­tra­tion cen­ters, in which they can record their names for the next pro­vin­cial elec­tions.

Fol­low­ing the wors­en­ing of the se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion af­ter the 2003 Iraq war, around 189,000 fam­i­lies in the Arab-pop­u­lated ar­eas of the coun­try were dis­placed in­ter­nally, and the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion in the north, due to the bet­ter se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion and em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties, be­came the des­ti­na­tion of a sig­nif­i­cant por­tion of those In­ter­nally Dis­placed Peo­ple (IDP).

The three prov­inces of the Re­gion re­ceived 60,000 IDP fam­i­lies, of which only 20,000 have re­turned to their home­towns, ac­cord­ing to the pre­vi­ous of­fi­cial statis­tics of the KRG. The re­main­ing 40,000 still re­side in the Re­gion.

Tofiq added that the reg­is­tra­tion cen­ters are lo­cated in Sulaimaniya, Kifri, Kalar, Said Sadiq and Ch­war Qurna, adding that the IDPs have rarely vis­ited the cen­ters.

The di­rec­tor also said that the com­mis­sion is now try­ing to start a me­dia cam­paign in as­so­ci­a­tion with civil so­ci­ety or­ga­ni­za­tions to en­cour­age the IDPs to ac­tively par­tic­i­pate in the pro­vin­cial elec­tions.

Kur­dish po­lit­i­cal par­ties have re­cently de­cided to make a strate­gic al­liance in the cru­cial po­lit­i­cal dis­puted ar­eas.

Ac­cord­ing to Khasro Go­ran, head of the Kur­dis­tan Demo­cratic Party's (KDP) Elec­tion Of­fice, this al­liance is open and ev­ery­one can join. He also added that all the po­lit­i­cal groups of the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion will par­tic­i­pate in Mo­sul, Diyala, Kirkuk and Sala­haddin as one united bloc.

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