Iraq’s three presidencies postpone the local elections until 2018

Iraq’s three presidencies postpone the local elections until 2018

First Published: 2016-11-11

Iraqs three presidencies postpone the local elections until 2018Abadi al-Jubouri and infallible decide to postpone provincial elections to the day of the legislative elections for the lack of security and the financial crisis.


BAGHDAD – Iraq announced the three presidencies (the Republic and the government and parliament), this Thursday, the postponement of the local elections scheduled to take place in April of next year 2017 to be held at the same time as the legislative elections are held in 2018.

Iraqi journalist sources said the Iraqi president, Fuad Masum, the head of the government, Haider al-Abadi, the Speaker of Parliament, Saleem al-Jubouri, they decided to postpone provincial elections to the day of the fourth session of the Iraqi Council of Representatives elections in order to make both both elections in one day. ”

And he demanded that the three presidencies of the Iraqi Council of Ministers to conduct the proposed amendments at the provincial and district and provincial council elections law or submit a new draft law.

The last elections for the boards of the Iraqi provinces were held on April 20 in April 2013.

And already called on a number of political forces and civil society organizations to integrate local government elections with the parliamentary elections because of the lack of security in many provinces experiencing military operations against the organization of the Islamic State, in addition to the financial crisis that hit the country as a result of the high costs of the war and the collapse of oil prices a leading supplier for Iraq.

He attributed the decision to postpone the presidency to Cairo circumstances through which Iraq is the presence of large numbers of Iraqi citizens outside their home areas and the increasing number of displaced people and displaced during the years 2015 and 2016. And the lack of stability in many parts of the country could be the elections and the lack of sufficient financial funding for the elections take place as scheduled.

It is worth mentioning that the Iraqi election commission has recently complained that because of the lack of providing dedicated to holding elections as scheduled budget. And she put a schedule in purpose but not resolving the special election this budget as well as the failure to take a special procedure electoral law and to provide the Commission with this law, whether after making amendments to it or work rate that preceded the law and that the Commission managed the previous provincial elections in 2013 will make it in a difficult position.

The local elections, which were scheduled in the first half of next year to choose members of local governments in the provinces was conducted separately from the legislative elections due to be established in 2018 to elect members of the Iraqi Council of Representatives.