Parliament begins its new legislative chapter by hosting the Electoral Commission and ends reading a proposal and two bills
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Baghdad / SNG - The House of Representatives hosted the first ordinary session of the second legislative term for the fourth legislative year held under the chairmanship of Salim al-Jubouri, Speaker of the House of Representatives and the presence of 170 deputies on Thursday the Chairman and members of the Board of Commissioners in the Electoral Commission and ended the first reading of a proposal and two bills.
"At the beginning of the session, Jubouri presented the most sincere congratulations to the Iraqi people, especially the Christians on the occasion of the New Year, and to the Yazidis for their Eid," the statement said.
Al-Jubouri said that "Iraq was suffering from the control of terrorism on large parts of it when the current session of the House of Representatives that will end on 30/6/2018 began, noting that with the end of the parliamentary session, Iraq has achieved victory over terrorism," praising the role of members of the House of Representatives who carried Weapons and participated in the battles against the gangs of terror advocates, and praised the blood sacrifice for the homeland, "stressing" the need to maintain the stability of security. "
The Speaker of the House of Representatives stressed the importance of investing the current legislative chapter to complete the necessary and necessary legislation, the most important of which is the Budget Law and the Elections Law. He called upon the ladies and gentlemen to attend the meetings and cancel the previous exceptions and commitment to attend.
Then the Council read the Surat Al-Fatihah in honor of the martyrs of Iraq.
Jubouri announced "a meeting of the Presidency with the heads of parliamentary blocs and committees reached a formula to resolve the files of the budget and elections to be conducted within a week of intensive meetings between the relevant committees and the executive to provide the optimal formula and constantly guided the work of the Council until the situation on the right point, noting that the House of Representatives The presidency is keen to proceed with the necessary times in accordance with the Constitution and the holding of elections and its success in that it registers for the benefit of the Council after the victory on the call.
The Council hosted the Chairman and members of the Board of Commissioners of the Independent High Electoral Commission.
At the start of the hosting, the Chairman of the Council of the Independent High Electoral Commission, thanked the House of Representatives to allow the Commission to review the technical and logistical preparations for the next elections, noting that the Commission proposed on May 12 date for the elections, which was accepted by the government and any delay in the implementation of tasks Whether by law or security will negatively affect the holding of elections.
And Hantoush that the proposal for holding elections by the Commission and in consultation with the government needs to be approved by the House of Representatives to be approved by the Presidency of the Republic and the Commission needs financial allocations to complete logistics and technical projects to accelerate the results at the level of the Center and the station to ensure the transparency of the elections.
The Chairman of the Council of Commissioners pointed out that the verification bodies in Nineveh, Salah al-Din and Anbar were subjected to theft and vandalism by the calling of the terrorist, which calls for completing the contract for the purpose of compensation for the devices that are expected to arrive in the coming months. He explained that the Commission needs 296 billion dinars to run the electoral process That the Commission is keen to complete the fulfillment of financial obligations to companies contracted with them on 16 of this month, "calling on the House of Representatives to" take into account the acceleration of the amendments to the election law, according to the request of the Electoral Commission. "
For his part, Riyad al-Badran, head of the electoral district, stressed that the Commission has completed the timetable for many of its paragraphs on the electoral process, noting that "the Commission is ready to hold the elections on time, provided that the election law on the appropriate date with the arrival of funds to the Commission to complete the contracts concluded for the success of the electoral process, Warning that the lack of financial allocations to UNHCR to meet its obligations with the competent companies will hamper the holding of elections.
In the interventions of deputies MP Ahmed al-Jubouri stressed that the elections the essence of democracy in Iraq, which requires concerted efforts to ensure the success of all the requirements and financial support to the Commission, noting that about 750 thousand voters from the province of Nineveh are located outside the province, both in the Kurdistan region or neighboring countries, By the Commission.
MP Ahmad Al-Jarba called for a fair and transparent voting mechanism to be adopted by the Electoral Commission in the camps of displacement if the displaced do not return to their areas.
MP Fratt al-Tamimi inquired about the distribution of electoral cards and the extent to which mobile teams could be deployed to distribute cards to voters in villages and rural areas.
The MP Abbas al-Bayati that the legislation of the election law and financial allocations to the Commission of the jurisdiction of the House of Representatives, and called on the Commission to provide guarantees for non-penetration of the organs of voting by outsiders.
The Rep. Repoar Taha, the importance of the Electoral Commission to provide the House of Representatives with special statements on the numbers of displaced from Kirkuk and Tuzkhurmatu.
MP Salah al-Jubouri asked about the mechanisms of the formation of the Higher Security Committee for the elections and the number of its members, the extent of representation of all governorates, as well as the importance of knowing the parties that will protect the electoral centers in some areas, especially with the presence of competitors.
For his part, said MP Ammar Tohma that the Electoral Commission proved that it has the ability to hold elections on schedule, despite the existence of some outstanding things fall on the House of Representatives.
MP Zakal al-Zamili inquired about the possibility of a quick announcement of the results after the provision of quick voting equipment. He called for a recycling process for the general directors of the Commission to ensure the integrity of the elections, pointing out the importance of knowing the mechanism of the special vote if it is held on the day of the elections.
MP Hanan al-Fatlawi asked to know the deadline for electoral alliances and guarantees not to manipulate the results to avoid fraud.
MP Mohammad Naji stressed that the amendments to the election law from the task of the House of Representatives, explaining that the problem of displaced persons can be solved through the establishment of polling stations in displaced persons camps.
MP Abdul-Qahar al-Samarrai said that most of the centers of the districts are controlled by the security services, but that the parties are spread by military and armed factions, which raises questions about how to control the electoral centers.
MP Kawa Mohammed inquired about the possibility of supervising the election commission to hold parliamentary and presidential elections in the Kurdistan region.
MP Maysoun al-Damluji called on the Commission to confirm its ability to run the electoral process of the House of Representatives and the provincial councils, especially as they will be held in one day while ensuring that they are not rigged.
Rep. Rezan Delir expressed her opposition to the absence of a woman in the Electoral Commission Council.
For his part, MP Zana Said asked to know the means of the Commission to clean the register of voters of duplicate names, deceased or similar or displaced people who are not residents of Iraq, and called for activating the issue of banning parties that have armed wings.
MP Salim Shawki questioned the doubts surrounding the possibility of hitting the electronic system and providing alternative.
He called MP Muadid al-Moussawi to know the reasons for allowing the Commission to enter the political entity registered two or more lists in the elections, despite its component contrary to the law parties.
The deputy Abdel Karim Abtan, the importance of issuing instructions by the Commission to limit the election announcement by the state media, calling for the appointment of a judge or legal representative at each electoral center to ensure the conduct of the electoral process.
MP Haneen Qaddo called for the guarantees provided by the Commission to prevent the exploitation of the votes of displaced voters in favor of some parties.
Turahan Mufti representative of the government in the House of Representatives has stressed the commitment of the government and its insistence on holding the elections on schedule, explaining that in the event of a vote on the budget will be allocated funds and the amount of 265 billion dinars to the Commission and vice versa will be granted UNHCR financial advances according to mechanism 1/12 , Noting the possibility of a separation between public and private vote for the elections.
In response to the interventions, Riyad al-Badran, head of the electoral district in the Independent Electoral Commission, stressed that the UNHCR has been surveying IDP camps in all of Iraq. He pointed out to the Electoral Commission that the old voter cards have canceled another new print for Nineveh, Hawija and some areas of Anbar province. Especially for the establishment of polling stations in camps for displaced persons and the use of rapid voting devices. He pointed out that the Commission will follow the timetable adopted in order not to delay the elections, using the mechanism to accelerate the results of the verification mechanism to ensure its integrity.
Al-Badran announced the distribution of more than two million voter cards, equivalent to 28% of the voter cards so far, indicating that the acceleration of results is used in more than one country. The Commission will conduct an electoral test in all governorates to determine the performance of the device. Hour, explaining that the crowd has not yet provided the Commission with a database of the names of its members, allowing the members of the crowd to participate in the general vote.
In turn, clarified Maan Abdul Hantoush, head of the Electoral Commission that the postponement of local elections is in consultation between the Council of Commissioners and the government and does not need to ratify the House of Representatives from the legal point of view, noting that the Commission is committed to set a timetable for the elections once the government announces its date and the Commission will be embarrassed in the absence of timing Stressing that the Commission is waiting for financial allocations for the implementation of international contracts on the requirements of the elections, where the Commission will submit requests for financial advances from the government, which can not provide financial allocations for the purpose of contracts in accordance with Principle 1/12.
Hantoush pointed out that the Electoral Commission is not a security body that checks the files of parties and armed wing associated with it, but is approaching the concerned parties and taking legal measures in this regard. He pointed out that the Commission has established a strong electronic electoral record through the biometric registration away from inaccurate statistics, The voters of the popular crowd are among the general vote and can not be allowed to participate in the special vote because there is no data for the members of the popular crowd, indicating that the Electoral Commission is keen to enable voters to cast their votes wherever found but the austerity and the current economic situation Imposed on the Commission to develop new measures by opening an electronic window for the registration of voters abroad to hold elections abroad.
He pointed out that the Commission is not responsible for the loss or damage of the voter card after delivery and in the event that the voter's behavior The Supreme Security Committee is formed by a decision of the Council of Ministers and sets the necessary plans to protect the atmosphere of the electoral process, stressing the ability of the Commission on the safety of voting by giving all agents of political entities the results before sending them to the compilation Yeh.
For his part, the Speaker of the House of Representatives thanked the President and members of the Electoral Commission for the information provided by the deputies on the electoral process, calling on the ladies and gentlemen and the relevant committees to accelerate the legislation of the law and approve the budget.
Jubouri said that the House of Representatives witnessed the submission of several resignations by some of the deputies in accordance with the law that specified the expiration of membership, where MP Mutashar al-Samarrai a month and a half request to resign because of the frequent targeting by terrorism and exposure to a terrorist operation led to hearing damage.
Al-Jubouri said that MP Mutashar al-Samarrai has lost his membership after submitting the request for resignation and will be appointed alternative after addressing the competent authorities, including the Electoral Commission, which replied that the highest losers within the political entity is Muthana al-Samarrai, indicating that a draft resolution has been prepared will be presented if the quorum that the House of Representatives agrees to lift Immunity of deputies who received requests to lift immunity from the Supreme Judicial Council, announcing the formation of an investigative committee of the charges and a swipe through the media regarding the process of replacing MP Mutashar Samurai.
For his part, MP Salah al-Jubouri, head of the coalition of Iraqi forces that Muthana Samurai of the same bloc of the resigning MP and the biggest loser is the right to membership, calling for continuing to continue the procedures of membership, demanding the introduction of the law strictly and the injured resort to the judiciary.
The Council concluded the first reading of the proposed amendment to the First Law of the Anti-Terrorist Law No. 31 of 2016, submitted by the Security and Defense Committee, in view of the importance of the headquarters of the anti-terrorist forces in the leadership and management of the subordinate leaders associated with it in all respects, the first, second and third special operations. Al-Midan, who played this role in all the operations against gangs, supported and proved his worth as the dominant headquarters of all operations, which requires the return to the structure of the anti-terrorism apparatus and the exercise of its powers.
The Council completed the first reading of the draft law for the first amendment of the law of agricultural quarantine No. 76 of 2012 submitted by the committees of agriculture, water, marshlands, health and the environment for the purpose of exempting small quantities of agricultural missionaries and seed samples for quality varieties and high production of import licenses and for the purpose of including staff supporting the inspection and evaporation.
President al-Jubouri announced the resignation of MP Mutashar al-Samarrai on the agenda when he completed a session on Sunday.
It was then decided to resume the session on Sunday 7/1/2018.
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