UNHCR sets deadline for local elections

2017/06/04 (00:01 PM) - Number of readings: 391 - Number (3940)


The Electoral Commission announced that political parties have two weeks to submit lists of candidates for the local elections scheduled for next September.

While calling on the Commission to abide by deadlines set, confirmed that it will prevent the participation of any political entity did not submit lists of candidates within the deadline declared, and did not complete registration as a political party.

UNHCR confirms its readiness to use the "results accelerator" if local elections are to be held on schedule this year.

To link the National Alliance to merge the local parliamentary elections, scheduled for next year, the adoption of the provincial councils law, which is the subject of deep differences between the parliamentary parties.

The Alliance confirms, what revealed (range) previously, the existence of a near political agreement not to extend the current Council of the Commission, in exchange for non-renewal of any member of the current Council.

A meeting of the Electoral Commission Council, held on May 31, and reviewed a copy of it yesterday, approved the receipt of lists of candidates for political parties approved by the Board of Commissioners, to participate in the provincial elections 2017 effective 1/6/2017 until The end of the official working day for Monday, 12/6.

The decisions of the meeting provided that the political parties granted a license to establish during the period referred to the submission of lists of candidates to participate in provincial elections.

Prime Minister Haider al-Abbadi announced earlier this year the date of September 16 as the date for holding local elections. But the difference of blocs on the law of local elections, and the fate of the Electoral Commission, whose mandate expires next September, make commitment to this date difficult.

Until now, the blocs have not decided to merge the local and parliamentary protests, but the circles are talking about an undeclared agreement.

"The time limits set by the election commission to receive lists of party candidates, which have been approved to participate in the provincial elections, are sufficient," said Srbst Mustafa, chairman of the Electoral Commission.

"The deadline will be the last of the parties and entities that did not get a leave of establishment to complete their procedures during the specified period," adding that "any party did not submit candidates during this period will not participate in the provincial elections Scheduled for next September. "

On the possibility of holding a local ballot, the Chairman of the Council of the Commission that "it is up to the Presidency of the Council of Ministers and the Parliament to determine the date of provincial elections or merge through the legislation of a law to determine these times and dates," noting that "the date of local elections is dependent on the amendment of the law of elections Councils Provinces and its adoption in parliament. "
And delayed the differences between the components of the province of Kirkuk vote on the law of provincial elections for more than once.

The components of Kirkuk are divided between parties that want to hold local elections according to the mechanism stipulated by the law submitted by the government. This trend is represented by Kurdish parties and allied parties. The other Kirkuk parties are demanding the enactment of a special law to organize elections for the provincial council. Which is the opinion of the Arab and Turkmen components and some other minorities.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives Salim al-Jubouri introduced, in April, a book to the Electoral Commission confirmed that the provincial ballot could not be held on time for not receiving the necessary financial allocations, and not to amend the provincial councils law.

"The political parties, if they abide by these new terms and periods, will be able to hold provincial elections in September without any obstacles or problems," he said. "All preparations are available, existing and existing."

On the completion of logistical preparations, such as the registration of biometrics and electronic voting devices, the senior official in the Electoral Commission said that "the results of the accelerator will reach the first meal in mid-July and will enter the special ballot for the provincial council." "These devices will be sufficient for all the electoral stations because there is an exception to the provinces of Nineveh, Kirkuk and the Kurdistan region from the holding of local elections."

In February, the election commission revealed its intention to replicate South Korea's experience in election administration by contracting 59,000 units to switch to "electronic voting", speeding vote counting and announcing results within a short time.

In contrast, the National Alliance praises the new dates set by the Electoral Commission for the purpose of ratification of the parties and the receipt of lists of candidates, considering that "the invitation will stimulate many of the parties to obtain the licenses establishment."

"The parties are required to complete their registration in the parties' constituency six months before the date of the ballot," MP Mohammed al-Lakash said in a statement. "These measures are part of the work of the electoral commission to prepare for the upcoming local elections, .

The representative of the mass of the citizen, led by Ammar al-Hakim, that "the Commission continues to register biometric, which reached the number of modernists to 11 million out of the 23 million voters are entitled to vote," adding that "the entry of the accelerator results are guaranteed during the next ballot."

As for the possibility of complying with the constitutional deadlines, El-Lakash said that "the approval of the Provincial Councils Law determines who will hold the local elections in September or any other time." He pointed out that "there is a political agreement not to extend the current council, .

Despite the demand of political forces to prevent former members from running, there is no legal justification for excluding them from the competition, which has brought the Committee of Experts into a new crisis that would hinder its work. The blocs are looking for a legal solution to the dilemma faced by the Committee of Experts in charge of selecting a new council of the Commission, after the nomination of 6 staff of the current Electoral Commission.