Rights of Turkmens, Assyrians and Kildans in Electoral Commission are not sacrificed for politicizing!
The tolerance and coexistence of ethnic and religious components in Kurdistan are a reality that cannot be questioned. Different groups and faiths have been living together in harmony in Kurdistan for thousands of years. What we should really talk about here is that to what extent the Kurdistan authority can equally preserve the rights of Turkmens, Assyrians, Kildans, Armenians and all other religious and political components?
In the past few months, as it opened its doors to the displaced and refugees, Kurdistan has become a bright model of humanity and respecting various religious groups, in addition to the saving of the lives of thousands of displaced and refugees of Christians, Arabs, Turkmen, Yezidi, Kakeyi and Shabaks. This is very significant. It is appreciated and admired by the international community.
As the Kurdistan Parliament passed the Electoral and Referendum Commission bill last week, representatives of Turkmens, Kildans and Assyrians showed their disapproval of the bill, not about the content, but about the manner in which representatives of Turkmens and Christians had been elected to the Commission. This is what moved 11 political parties to stage a demonstration protesting against the decision.
The work took its legal courses. To find a solution to this issue, the Kurdish President immediately held a meeting with Turkmen, Assyrians, Kildans and Armenians Heads of blocs. Kurdistan Presidency remarked after the meeting that “President Barzani insisted that the manner in which the members of the commission were selected was incorrect, and said that this matter will harm the position and name of Kurdistan. The Electoral Commission is a national institution and could not be treated with a politically narrow-minded mentality, and that every party should have real participation and no party should select representatives on behalf of the others.” Barzani assured them all that as he had insisted on endorsement of the rights of ethnic and religious components in Iraq during the process of redrafting the Iraqi Constitution, he will continue supporting and preserving their rights now as well.
These remarks by the Kurdish President is the best guarantee for solving the problem of the components’ representation in the Electoral Commission and will be a guarantee to avoid politicizing the national matters as well, so that all the parties can work together and have their real representatives according to their rights and decisions.
In Kurdistan, political parties and various ethnic components are free. They can directly involve in political work, make decisions and protest against any mistakes in carrying out the decisions as they’re free to live in Kurdistan protected from terror and violence. Returning to the logic of citizenship and equal rights, selecting the representatives of these components to the Electoral Commissions of Kurdistan is an indication of preserving and enhancing the dignity of Kurdistan. It is an indication that can further better the reputation of Kurdistan Region, and practically respecting the rights of the various components living here.