IHEC de­cides to count the votes in cen­tral of­fices

IHEC’s de­ci­sion to trans­fer bal­lot boxes to cen­tral of­fices aim­ing to count the votes sparks wave of protests

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - By Salih Wal­ad­bagi

Iraq’s High In­de­pen­dent Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (IHEC) has an­nounced that the count­ing process of the votes in the up­com­ing par­lia­men­tary elec­tions will not be tak­ing place in the vot­ing cen­ters. The com­mis­sion has stated that all the bal­lot boxes should be trans­ferred to five of­fices, which are in­di­cated by the com­mis­sion. Kur­dis­tan par­lia­ment and mem­bers of the Le­gal Com­mit­tee of the par­lia­ment say that the de­ci­sion is against Kur­dis­tan Elec­toral Law.

In a re­cent press con­fer­ence, Sar­bast Mustafa, Head of IHEC, said that, “The com­mis- sion has de­cided to open five cen­tral­ized count­ing of­fices in each of the three Kur­dish prov­inces, Er­bil, Su­laimani and Duhok, of the semi au­ton­o­mous Kur­dis­tan Re­gion.”

He ad­di­tion­ally stated that when the vot­ing process will fin­ish, all the bal­lot boxes should be moved from the vot­ing cen­ters to the five ma­jor count­ing of­fices, adding that sev­eral em­ploy­ees will then count the votes.

To fur­ther clar­ify the count­ing process, Mustafa an­nounced that the process will start with at­ten­dance of the rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the dif­fer­ent po­lit­i­cal par­ties, adding that all the par­ties can also send their elec­toral ob­servers to the five count­ing of­fices to mon­i­tor the process.

The IHEC’s de­ci­sion made some of the po­lit­i­cal par­ties and par­lia­men­tary com­mit­tees worry.

Tariq Jawhar, Me­dia Ad­vi­sor to the par­lia­ment, says that it asks the com­mis­sion not to trans­fer the bal­lot boxes to out­side the vot­ing cen­ters.

Ahemd Warti, a mem­ber of the Le­gal Com­mit­tee of the par­lia­ment, replied the de­ci­sion and said: “The com­mis­sion’s de­ci­sion is against the newly amended Kur­dis­tan Elec­toral Law.”

The law says that the count­ing process might be tak­ing place in the vot­ing cen­ters, and not else­where. “The le­gal com­mit­tee has con­sid­ered the de­ci­sion as il­licit.”

The ma­jor­ity of the com­mit­tee mem­ber pre­pared a let­ter and sent it to the Kur­dis­tan par­lia­ment pres­i­dency, ask­ing to im­ple­ment the rules as they are men­tioned in the law. The par­lia­men­tary elec­tion is ex­pected to be con­ducted on Septem­ber 21, 2013.

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