Par­lia­ment com­mit­tee in­ves­ti­gates sus­pi­cious re­ported in­crease in pop­u­la­tion

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - By Salih Wal­ad­bagi

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.

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