IHEC: KRG’s Holing Independence Referendum Legal
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."