IHEC: KRG’s Hol­ing In­de­pen­dence Ref­er­en­dum Le­gal

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The Head of the In­de­pen­dent High Elec­toral Com­mis­sion of Iraq (IHEC), pointed out that Kur­dis­tan Re­gion can con­duct a ref­er­en­dum on in­de­pen­dence with­out IHEC, ex­cept for the po­lit­i­cal im­ped­i­ments Bagh­dad may con­sti­tute to the process. Sar­bast Mustafa, the head of IHEC, told Bas-News that the com­mis­sion will not op­pose to the ref­er­en­dum for Kur­dish in­de­pen­dence and there isn't a law pre­vent­ing the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion from hold­ing the ref­er­en­dum. Er­bil and Bagh­dad how­ever should reach an agree­ment over the is­sue, he said.

Mustafa ex­plained that a ref­er­en­dum can be held with­out a de­ci­sion from the par­lia­ment in Bagh­dad, but there needs to be a code on the reg­u­la­tions and guide­lines of the process, and the re­sult of the process has to be de­fined by the law. Ma­soud Barzani, the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Pres­i­dent, an­nounced in Fe­bru­ary 2016 that Kur­dis­tan Re­gion will hold a ref­er­en­dum on its in­de­pen­dence from Iraq by the end of the cur­rent year. Han­dren Mo­hammed Salih, the head of the Kur­dis­tan In­de­pen­dent High Elec­toral Com­mis­sion and Ref­er­en­dum (KIHEC), told Bas-News that the com­mis­sion is tech­ni­cally ca­pa­ble of hold­ing the ref­er­en­dum if it is of­fi­cially asked to pro­ceed. Kur­dis­tan In­de­pen­dent High Elec­toral Com­mis­sion and Ref­er­en­dum (KIHEC) was estab­lished in 2015 and their first mis­sion is ex­pected to be con­duct­ing the ref­er­en­dum on Kur­dish in­de­pen­dence. To con­duct the ref­er­en­dum, Salih said "we will co­op­er­ate with our part­ners from the in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions in­clud­ing an Amer­i­can or­ga­ni­za­tion for democracy and all the UN or­ga­ni­za­tions will be in­volved in the process as mon­i­tors and con­sul­tants."

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