Election Commission decides to cancel elections abroad

Election Commission decides to cancel elections abroad

2021-03-23

Election Commission decides to cancel elections abroadThe Independent High Electoral Commission decided, on Tuesday, to cancel the early parliamentary elections scheduled for next October abroad, attributing this to a number of obstacles and challenges.

The Commission said in a statement that “because of our deep belief in the participation of members of the Iraqi community in various countries of the world in the electoral process, the Board of Commissioners held a series of intensive meetings in which comprehensive research and scrutiny of the House of Representatives file was conducted for Iraqis abroad as one of the types of special voting. Discussion and deliberation with a number of government institutions that can contribute to the success of these elections, foremost of which is the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The statement added, “The Iraqi parliament elections law No. 9 of 2020 stipulates that (Iraqis abroad vote for their constituencies using the biometric card exclusively). The commission faced several technical, financial, legal and health obstacles, the most important of which is that the process of registering Iraqi voters abroad is completed. Biometric in all its stages need approximately (160) days in ideal circumstances, while the remaining period is (40 days) only, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has apologized for conducting the registration and polling process in Iraqi embassies and consulates due to the impossibility of setting it up at the current stage and for this election cycle, in addition to what it will take The process of opening current accounts in the name of the UNHCR offices outside Iraq, and the security and financial approvals required by those countries.

He continued, “The conduct of the electoral process in places that are not subject to Iraqi sovereignty makes it subject to the laws of those countries, and the Iraqi judiciary has no jurisdiction over the violations and abuses that may occur during the conduct of the electoral process, in addition to sending UNHCR staff to other countries in light of the critical health conditions represented by the spread of a pandemic. Corona endangers their safety, which was explained by the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers in accordance with the Supreme Committee for Health and Safety Resolution No. (11) for the year 2021. ”

The statement pointed out, “The current Board of Commissioners, since assuming its duties, has worked hard to ensure that its measures taken in organizing and conducting elections for Iraqis abroad are sound and in accordance with the law, and based on the foregoing and since the aforementioned numerous obstacles and the data imposed on the ground are a force majeure that prevents the completion of this Proper operation. In order to inform the public opinion and the Iraqi people whom we look forward to actively participating in the upcoming electoral process, the Board of Commissioners decided in its special session held on 3/22/2021 (not to hold the House of Representatives elections for Iraqis abroad scheduled to take place on 10/10/2021), stressing that This deadline is inevitable and cannot be changed legally. ”

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