Com­mis­sion needs $60 mil­lion bud­get and 10 months to hold con­sti­tu­tion ref­er­en­dum

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

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

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