IHEC can­not hold pro­vin­cial elec­tions on April 30

The Kurdish Globe - - FRONT PAGE - By Salih Wal­ad­bagi

The Head of the In­de­pen­dent High Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (IHEC) has an­nounced that no of­fi­cial date has been fixed as yet for the up­com­ing Kur­dis­tan pro­vin­cial coun­cil elec­tions.

The Head of the In­de­pen­dent High Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (IHEC) has an­nounced that no of­fi­cial date has been fixed as yet for the up­com­ing Kur­dis­tan pro­vin­cial coun­cil elec­tions.

Sar­bast Mustafa said it would be dif­fi­cult to hold the pro­vin­cial elec­tions on April 30, 2014, the same day as the Iraqi par­lia­men­tary elec­tion.

He said the Com­mis­sion was wait­ing to re­ceive a let­ter from the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Gov­ern­ment (KRG) stat­ing the date.

“When the Com­mis­sion re­ceives an of­fi­cial let­ter from the gov­ern­ment, it will start prepa­ra­tion for the elec­tion,” he stressed.

He also de­clared that the IHEC had al­ready fixed the pro­vin­cial coun­cil elec­tions for April 30, but that it would be dif­fi­cult for the IHEC to con­duct two elec­tions on the same day.

Fol­low­ing his meet­ing with the po­lit­i­cal com­mit­tee of the Pa­tri­otic Union of Kur­dis­tan to talk about form­ing the next KRG cab­i­net, Nechir­van Barzani, the deputy leader of the Kur­dis­tan Demo­cratic Party (KDP), said the two par­ties had agreed to hold the pro­vin­cial elec­tions on April 30, 2014.

The pro­vin­cial elec­tion has been post­poned sev­eral times. Orig­i­nally sched­uled for Novem­ber 21, 2013, it was de­layed when po­lit­i­cal par­ties failed to sub­mit their can­di­date lists in time.

Iraqi cit­i­zens can vote abroad

Miq­dad Shar­ifi, di­rec­tor of IHEC Elec­tion Of­fice, re­vealed that the Iraqi fed­eral gov­ern­ment would al­low Iraqi cit­i­zens who live abroad to cast their votes in the par­lia­men­tary elec­tions.

He added that his of­fice had con­sulted with Iraqi em­bassies and con­sulates to en­able Iraqi cit­i­zens to par­tic­i­pate in the elec­tion process. The IHEC also an­nounced that it will seek to in­crease the num­ber of polling sta­tions abroad.

Sami Askari, an of­fi­cial from Prime Min­is­ter Nouri al-Ma­liki’s State of Law (SLC) coal­tion, said that a size­able sum of money would be al­lo­cated to al­low the elec­tions to be held out­side the coun­try, but only a few peo­ple would be us­ing them. He also added that the Kur­dish com­mu­nity and Kur­dish par­ties would ben­e­fit most from the sys­tem al­low­ing cit­i­zens to vote abroad.

Sar­bast Mustafa, Head of the In­de­pen­dent High Elec­toral Com­mis­sion of Iraq (IHEC), speaks dur­ing a press con­fer­ence to an­nounce the fi­nal re­sults of the au­ton­o­mous Kur­dish re­gion elec­tions in the north­ern city of Ar­bil, on Oc­to­ber 2, 2013.

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