Posted on August 8, 2016 by Editorial Staff in Politics
Iraq Independent High Electoral Commission IHEC. Photo Courtesy/ihec.iq
SULAIMANI, Kurdistan region ‘Iraq’,— Iraqi Kurdistan Parliament Speaker Yusuf Mohammed Sadiq on Sunday urged the Kurdistan Region’s Independent High Electoral Commission (KIHEC) to implement a biometric voting system to maintain the integrity and credibility of the electoral process and reduce mistrust and irregularities.
Sadiq received a number of Kurdish members of the Iraqi Parliament on Sunday and discussed the need to develop biometric technology and to issue national identity cards in order to ensure the protection of democratic principles.
The parliament speaker said he was hopeful that aside from supporting fair and reliable elections, such technology would help to improve the way people conduct their daily lives from complex to simple tasks.
“Without a clear registration of voters, an election without forgery is impossible,” Sadiq said.
Senior Kurdish officials have called for a referendum on the independence of the Kurdistan Region in order to gauge popular opinion for such a move, despite the number of crises affecting the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).
In an interview with al-Monitor published on March 22, Barzani said a referendum would likely be held before October of this year – barring any outstanding circumstances.
The KIHEC announced on July 26 it was not prepared to hold a referendum on the independence of the region, following Masoud Barzani’s call to declare independence.
The KIHEC said the reactivation of Kurdistan’s Parliament was necessary for a referendum to take place. Parliament would need to pass a law allowing for the preparation of the legal aspects of the elections.
The KIHEC said they needs about four months to making preparation for a referendum on Kurdish independence.