Minorities in the electoral commission
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
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.