Mi­nori­ties in the elec­toral com­mis­sion

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

After Iraqi Kur­dis­tan Par­lia­ment se­lected the mem­bers of the In­de­pen­dent High Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (IHEC) in Kur­dis­tan Re­gion, voted by majority in a reg­u­lar ses­sion, Turk­mans and Christian blocs de­cided to boy­cott par­lia­men­tary meet­ings as they feel poorly rep­re­sented in the com­mis­sion.

On De­cem­ber 11, Pres­i­dent Ma­soud Barzani held a meet­ing with mem­bers of the Kur­dis­tan Par­lia­ment from the dif­fer­ent eth­nic and re­li­gious com­po­nents of Kur­dis­tan, in­clud­ing Turk­mans, Chaldeans, Assyr­i­ans and Ar­me­ni­ans.

Dur­ing the meet­ing, the Kur­dis­tan Par­lia­men­tar­i­ans, who col­lec­tively make up the dif­fer­ent eth­nic and re­li­gious com­po­nents of the Kur­dish so­ci­ety, ex- pressed their ob­jec­tion on the lat­est es­tab­lish­ment of an elec­toral com­mis­sion for the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion by the Par­lia­ment. The ob­jec­tion stemmed from the fact that the com­mis­sion will only have rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the ma­jor po­lit­i­cal par­ties inside the

Par­lia­ment.

Pres­i­dent Barzani warmly wel­comed the Par­lia­men­tary del­e­ga­tion and added that the mo­saic of the Kur­dis­tan so­ci­ety can only be­come more com­plete with fur­ther po­lit­i­cal par­tic­i­pa­tion of all com­po­nents of the so­ci­ety re­gard­less of how large or small the num­ber of each com­po­nent may be.

The Pres­i­dent also shared the del­e­ga­tion's con­cerns over lack of rep­re­sen­ta­tion in the new elec­toral com­mis­sion and vowed to make ev­ery ef­fort to amend the law so that there is rep­re­sen­ta­tion inside the elec­toral com­mis­sion for Chaldeans, Assyr­i­ans, Turk­men and Ar­me­ni­ans.

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