Commission needs $60 million budget and 10 months to hold constitution referendum
The High Electoral Commission in the autonomous Kurdistan Region of Iraq has announced that it needs 10 months to do the preparations to conduct a referendum for constitution, adding that it also need $60 million budget to do so.
Regarding the establishment of the commission, Handren Mohammed, head of the commission, told The Kurdish Globe that: “No budget has thus far allocated for the commission to establish all the departments of it. We need at least IQD 18 billion to install the office and recruit enough employee to run the office.”
Mohammed also added that conducting a referendum will at least need 10 months to get things done.
Mohammed added that if the referendum would be done only in the Kurdistan Region, the commission needs $30 million, adding that the Kurdistan Parliament is planning to hold it abroad as well in order to give the chance to the Kurds in other countries to vote on it. So, the commission needs another $30 million to hold it abroad.
Mohammed Saleh, said that the Commission will organize any election or referendum in Kurdistan region, adding that it began from today onwards its work and is responsible for conducting all elections and referendums at the level of Kurdistan region.
On its relation with Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq, Mohammed Saleh said that this depends on the elections at the federal level, stressing that there will be coordination and the Council of Ministers will discuss the mechanism for this.
The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) sought for years to establish the Commission, but the political conditions in the region, and the presence of the forces in opposition during the previous parliamentary session prevented that, and the project for more than once because of the lack of political consensus around it.
President of Kurdistan Region, Massoud Barzani urged during his participation in one of the meetings of Parliament last year, members of the political blocs to approve the establishment of the Independent Electoral Commission Act to entrust the task of holding a referendum on the right of self-determination for the Kurdish people as well as to hold a referendum in the disputed areas, especially after the control of Peshmarga forces on these areas