Parliament committee investigates suspicious reported increase in population
Distrustful reported increase in the population number in the voters list for the upcoming elections in Erbil and Duhok has made an indication to postpone the elections. MPs call for a precise investigation on the case.
The Kurdistan Parliament Presidency has recently decided to form an investigative committee to look into the case in the two provinces of Erbil, the capital of the semi autonomous Kurdistan Region of northern Iraq, and Duhok.
The committee consists of nine members of parliament, which they have been opted from MPs of both ruling parties, Kurdistan Democratic Party and Kurdistan Patriotic Union, and the opposi- tion parties as well as from different blocs inside the parliament.
Tariq Jawhar, Media Advisor to Kurdistan Parliament Presidency, says that the parliament formed the committee on July 7 in order to study the case of “the doubtful and irregular raising of the population number in the voters list” in Erbil and Duhok. He added that, “The committee formation was based on item B of Article number 48 of the parliament statute.”
“The committee is expected to start its mission to investigate the case a day after its formation. It has given 15 days to end its investigation process and submit the final report to the parliament presidency,” he said.
The Media Advisor stated that, upon the request of about 39 members of parliament, the parliament had already informed the Independent High Electoral Commission, IHEC, on June 6th to submit a report in which it should give clarifi- cation about the truths.
He added that the IHEC has to precisely indicate the rate of increasing of population in the three Kurdish provinces of Erbil, Sulaimani and Duhok following the elections conducted in 2009 in Kurdistan.
Meanwhile, Kwestan Mohammed, an MP from the opposition Gorran Movement, says that she is even suspicious about the formation of the committee because the it not timely and might cause to postpone the elections.
To prove her words, she said around 39 MPs had already submitted a report to parliament about the case, but it has recently formed the committee.
“The parliament has intentionally postponed the formation of the committee,” she said. By which, the elections are expected to be delayed. Mohammed added that a number of the MPs called on the parliament at the start of May to form an investigative committee to study the case, but it did not reply the request.
“If there is a will to delay the upcoming Kurdish elections, so the opposition parties and people should not accept it, and they should take to the streets and express their protests to increase the pressures on the power,” Mohammed said. Around 30 MPs from the three opposition parties, Gorran Movement, Kurdistan Islamic Union and Kurdistan Islamic Group as well as several MPs from Kurdistan Patriotic Union, submitted a request to the parliament. In which they asked the parliament presidency to form an investigative committee about the suspicious and the irregular reported increase in the population in Kurdistan provinces following the elections held in 2009.
The upcoming Kurdish presidential, parliamentary and provincial elections are expected to be held in September 21, 2013.