The Commission protects electronic voting devices by punitive measures
21/4/2018 12:00 am
[rtl]Conducted an experimental vote to train its cadres
Baghdad / Follow-up morning
The Electoral Commission, the political blocs, candidates, voters and its employees, has threatened to impose significant legal penalties in the case of tampering with electronic counting and sorting systems, while conducting an experimental vote for the training of its cadres on the new devices; denied any government pressure to prevent candidates from participating in the elections. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has banned the use of its websites, buildings and institutions in the election campaign of any list or candidate.
"In order to maintain the integrity and integrity of the electoral process, and because the electronic counting and sorting devices are among the most important elements of the electoral process, and to ensure that they are used properly on the day of polling to reach the desired results, the Commission of Commissioners decided to take legal action against Who proves his tampering with these devices », and indicated that« the results of any political alliance or party or candidate will be canceled at the station where it is officially proven tampering or attempt to sabotage the electronic counting and sorting or verification devices at that station and referred to the judiciary to take legal action E. »
The Commission said, "will be separated any employee of the Commission, including the staff of the registration and polling stations and stations contracted by those who are officially proven tampering or attempt to sabotage the electronic counting and sorting and referral to the judiciary to take the necessary legal action against them," and confirmed «the referral of voters who are officially involved in tampering Or attempt to sabotage the electronic counting and sorting devices or any other devices to the judiciary for the purpose of taking legal action against them ».
The Commission warned that it would "punish the manipulators who try to interfere with the will of the voter and the will of the people to choose his representatives and will work professionally and impartially according to the law and hopes all its partners stand with it and contribute to the success of the upcoming parliamentary elections."
The Independent High Electoral Commission denied that there was pressure exerted on it to exclude the candidates and prevent them from participating in the elections. A member of the Board of Commissioners, Karim al-Tamimi, said in a statement that "what was reported in the media is far from true, That «the Commission used the legal methods and according to the law regarding the candidates and their participation in the elections, applying all the procedures contained in the electoral law and regulations», and called Tamimi, the media to «be accurate in the transfer of information and taken from official sources in the Commission».
In turn, said a member of the Board of Commissioners Hazem al-Ridini: «The Commission to conduct a pilot vote (on Thursday) got for the purpose of training cadres on the electronic counting and sorting and the initial testing of some devices», adding that «the ballot papers used were not official and the results were deleted after To conduct all kinds of voting of falsehood, which is neglected and correct », and explained that« the process of experimental voting was for one hour for the purpose of training cadres on electronic devices and how to deal with them ». The foreign ministry and the UN mission , for its part, directed the Iraqi Foreign Ministry to prohibit the use of its websites and the buildings of its institutions and missions outside the country in the exercise of any electoral and political propaganda.
In a statement received by Al-Sabah, Iraqi Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ahmad Mahjoub said in a statement that "because of the launching of electoral campaigns, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirms the prohibition of using social networking sites and official websites of the ministry, buildings, institutions and missions of the ministry to carry out any electoral, political and propaganda activities." .
The United Nations Security Council has decided to postpone the visit of a UN mission to Iraq before the May elections at the request of the Iraqi government, UN diplomats said.
"As the election campaign began on April 14, and because all political parties and constitutional bodies in Iraq are currently participating in these elections," said Mohammed Hussein Bahr al-Uloum, the Permanent Representative of Iraq to the United Nations, to the UN Security Council. The campaign, which will not enable members of the Council to meet with Iraqi officials, the Iraqi Mission requests the Council to postpone the planned visit »to Iraq». American follow-up
"The US does not support a particular candidate in the Iraqi elections," said US State Department spokeswoman Heather Noyert. "We do not support any particular candidate in the Iraqi parliament elections," she said. , And we will work with any candidate chosen by the Iraqis and wish them every luck in their elections ». In the international media follow-up to the Iraqi elections, the widely published American Monitor published a report on the electronic experiment in the upcoming elections. "For the first time in Iraq, the general elections scheduled for next May will be held by a modern electronic system that will reduce the chances of fraud and the speed of announcing the results," the report said. "This system was prepared by the former Commission, which contracted with a South Korean company called Miro to import electronic counting and sorting devices, and brought about 40 Korean experts," said Rizgar Haji, deputy head of the Electoral Commission. To maintain and maintain these devices. " "The electronic counting and sorting machine is part of the ballot box, specifically in the cover of the box, where there is a scanner« Skener »depicting the ballot papers and immediately sorted», adding that «the voter will use this time a special seal instead of the pen to indicate the list or candidate "Haji pointed to the ongoing technical training courses" to prepare Iraqi cadres capable of working with modern Korean systems. There are about 100 employees who have been trained and expect to train dozens before the elections. "
According to the vice president of the Commission, «the electronic side will not be limited to counting and sorting, as there will be special devices (imported from the company« Ndra »Spanish) to read the voter card for each voter and record his finger to prevent the repetition of the vote and know the real number of voters».[/rtl]
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