Political blocs strike deal with electoral commission

Leaders of political blocs struck a deal with the current members of the electoral commission that is set to prevent them from running for the upcoming elections, Rapporteur of Parliamentary Committee of Experts Zana Said announced on Saturday.

Both sides agreed to grant full pension rights for the commission members in return for withdrawing from the upcoming elections, she added, noting that several meetings will be held to discuss issues related to the new commissioners.

In January, about 29 Iraqi lawmakers, including two members of Sadrist Movement, formed the Committee of Experts as Iraqi streets witnessed a mass protests demanding to change the members of the electoral commission over corruption claims.