Calls for the establishment of an electronic platform for voting abroad
24/4/2018 12:00 am
[rtl]Sabah / Al-Sabah Correspondents / Kazem Al-Henawi / Esraa Khalifa / Khawla Al-Jaf / Ward Al-Moussawi / Abek Ozturk
Iraqis abroad a significant voting block can not be underestimated with the presence of two million Iraqis eligible to vote, including 165 thousand voters in the last elections, indicators confirm that migratory birds have a lot of obstacles to vote in the upcoming elections despite the facilities and facilities provided by the Independent Electoral Commission of the elections In order to enable the expatriates to fulfill their constitutional right, and increased calls from various capitals in which the Iraqis reside in order to establish an electronic platform to vote voters spread in the world, to the distance of some polling stations from their places of residence as well as the lack of Some countries. The Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) has implemented a number of facilitative measures, such as ensuring that the Iraqi voter abroad has one official document, which is entitled to cast his vote as the identity of the civil status, the certificate of Iraqi nationality or the passport of the person of 1957 or his passport. Together with other documents. The announcement of the facilities in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Iraqi embassies abroad, to facilitate the Iraqi vote abroad in the upcoming elections, while a number of Iraqis requested the Electoral Commission for the elections more, to facilitate the process of participation.
Community of Belgium ,
said Iraq 's ambassador in Brussels , Dr. Jawad Al - Hindawi "morning": "There are a lot of citizens abroad wishing to participate in the selection of candidates for the House of Representatives elections in 2018 and in spite of the facilities that we offer to those categories , but there are still obstacles , especially that there are a lot of Citizens are not able to travel from their cities to the electoral headquarters for their academic or family obligations, especially since the elections for expatriates are held on Thursday and Friday, 10-11 May, which are working days in European countries, "adding that" with the increasing number of Iraqis abroad, Requires To consider again the legislation governing the elections and the methods of voting, including electronic voting for Iraqis abroad. "
He explained that the right of Iraqis abroad to choose their representatives in the House of Representatives to participate in the construction of Iraq and the development of the democratic process, but the decisive decision will be through the Independent High Electoral Commission through the study of existing legislation, especially as expatriates look attentively to this subject in accordance with their circumstances In the countries of alienation, "and Ambassador Hindawi, that" in the event of approval of electronic voting abroad, the Iraqi embassies will seek to participate in the security and legal arrangements for the elections and give the process of full protection of non-manipulation. "
Samir Jouda, representative of the Assyrian Chaldean Assyrians in Belgium, told Al-Sabah: "The facilitations talked about by the Commission are not enough, but the previous electoral process knows that the participation rate of Iraqis is weak abroad, due to several factors, Many Iraqis who are entitled to vote, for example, some members of the community live hundreds of kilometers away from the polling station, which is a major obstacle to the voting, and we demand that there be an electronic vote after the process of full protection of non-dependence ".
"In our current digital world, we demand the opening of an electronic platform for the Independent High Electoral Commission as it is in the developed countries. Everyone is participating wherever it is around the world. This enables Iraqis abroad to vote easily. We hope that the Commission will find a solution to these problems. And develop solutions for them. "
"The Iraqis abroad are the first line of defense for Iraq, so it is expected that the Iraqis will gather in Belgium after the opening of an electoral headquarters in Brussels to vote in the next elections, to show the world the extent The interdependence of Iraqis in income and abroad, "adding that" the work of electronic platform should be activated, which will help reduce the costs of the establishment of electoral centers abroad. " Jordanian support
Meanwhile, the Jordanian government announced on Monday its support for Iraq to hold elections on its territory. "The Jordanian Interior Minister Samir Al-Mubaidin and during his meeting with the Ambassador of Iraq in Jordan Safia Al-Suhail and the Director of the Office of the Regional Commission Mohammed Jassim and a number of staff of the Embassy and UNHCR Stressed support for the efforts of the Commission to hold elections and provide all support in this context. "
He added that "the Jordanian minister also stressed the provision of all legal steps necessary to hold elections on its territory," noting that "King Abdullah II pays special attention to the Iraqi community residing in Jordan," adding that "the ambassador of Iraq in Jordan Safia al-Suhail praised the efforts that The Jordanian government to support the democratic process in Iraq through the opening of the first office of the Commission in the world, "noting that" it recommended the diplomatic mission at the embassy to provide assistance to the Office of the Commission to contribute to the strengthening of the democratic process in Iraq. "
The Chairman of the Board of Commissioners Maan Al-Hitawi participated in the symposium of the Iraqi community in Amman on Sunday evening to highlight the mechanism of voting abroad and in the presence of an observer organization to monitor the elections and Mother).
Al-Hitawi delivered a speech at the opening of the symposium, in which he referred to the efforts exerted by the Commission to conduct and succeed the vote on the elections abroad for the election of the Iraqi Council of Representatives scheduled for 10-11 May. He also called in his opening speech "Sons of the Iraqi community to go to the polls to cast The votes of the importance of their participation in the Iraqi decision, as is the case for voters at home, "and briefed the President of the Commission, the members of the community and attendees from the organizations on the voting mechanism used in these elections and the introduction of modern technology to provide more accuracy and transparency "The vote of the voters abroad will be a conditional vote, but these votes will enter the body to speed up the announcement of the results." The chairman of the Board of Commissioners Maan al-Hitawi continues his visit to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to see the preparations of the Office of the Commission to elect the Iraqi Council of Representatives To vote for my voters
Egypt's stations and
elected the Independent High Electoral Commission elections unit abroad Cairo office, five polling stations with 23 electoral stations spread throughout Egypt according to the proportion of the presence of the Iraqi community.
The office director Hazem Qassem said in a statement to Al-Sabah: "The five electoral centers, which are divided into three centers in Cairo, were identified in Giza, which includes five polling stations and 6 October. It includes five polling stations and Nasr City, which also includes five polling stations. In addition to a center in Alexandria, which includes 4 stations and a center in Mansouriya for the presence of many Iraqi students and their families also includes four stations, "adding that" the ballot will be on the 10 and 11 of the month of next month and one station serves 1200 voters. "
"According to statistics, as we have been told by the Ministry of Displacement and Migration and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the approximate number of the Iraqi community in Egypt is between 15 and 20 thousand voters, and this statistic is approximate because there is no accurate census of 100%, and we prepared ourselves to accommodate this And we will be ready to receive any Iraqi citizen residing on the land of Egypt on polling day which will open from 7 am to 6 pm. " From Tehran to London in Iran, the Electoral Commission, an external elections unit, held a training workshop on Monday in the Tehran Elections Office to conduct elections, polling and counting. The workshop addressed the detailed procedures and preparations for opening polling stations and stations, Followed by counting and sorting. "
The head of the Electoral Office in Tehran, Eng. Haider al-Husseini, said that the office has completed security approvals for holding elections in the Iranian provinces. He explained to al-Sabahi, "The office is in the second level training for the managers, centers and governorates of Iran and the provinces were chosen on the basis of the presence of Iraqis "The elections will be held on the tenth and eleventh of May on Thursday and Friday from 7 am to 6 pm," he said. The need for true participation Of the elections to ensure the largest number of voters in the next election. "
(Office of Turkey)
For his part, the Director of the Office of Turkey's Independent Electoral Commission, Mohammad Essam Dakhil, told the "morning", "work in full swing to provide the best for the success of the electoral process has begun to work staff and conduct interviews and arrange for the process of training applicants accepted "The office consists of 23 employees, and the Commission will work to introduce the work and explain," said Dakhil, adding that "the office includes four sections: administrative, legal, operational, financial, Legal procedures for the application Turkish accounts in those States which will be opened in which polling centers such as Istanbul, Ankara, Alawa, Samsun, Sqarah, especially Çorum, "
He added that "a delegation from the Office of the Independent High Electoral Commission in Istanbul and with the participation of Iraqi Consul Hassan Swadi visit the political adviser in the Middle East to the governor of Istanbul, Ismail Koltkin, and stressed the need to cooperate for the success of the electoral process in Iraq to serve
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