The Electoral Commission determines the voting mechanism for the polling day
03/5/2018 12:00 am
[rtl]Announced the success of the experience of electronic voting devices
Baghdad / Sabah / Omar Abdul Latif
The Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) has determined the voting mechanism to be adopted, announcing the success of the experiment of electronic voting devices by 100 percent in preparation for the general election day in the parliamentary elections scheduled for May 12, while attributed the reasons of non-use of electronic devices in the polling stations of foreign countries to not possess citizens In these countries to the ballot papers, revealed the security plan to protect their centers on polling day, stressing the absence of any foreign forces charged with protecting the electoral centers.
This comes at a time when the head of the National Alliance, Mr. Ammar al-Hakim, stressed the importance of the upcoming elections for the future of Iraq, while the National Coalition revealed the exposure of one of its candidates to an armed attack in Baghdad belt a few days ago. Polling mechanisms
A member of the Board of Commissioners, the official spokesman of the Commission, Karim al-Tamimi, in an interview with "morning", "Every Iraqi full citizen and the age of 18 years and owns the voter card the right to vote on the day of voting," adding that "polling stations will open on May 12 from 7 am and closes at 6 pm ".
Al-Tamimi added that "the voter presents his electronic biometric card in the first steps of the vote," noting that "in the event that the voter has a short-term card (not updated) he must submit with it another document to prove the identity such as the national identity card, Iraqi travel visa or the identity of retirement or vacation market. "
Tamimi added that "the card is scanned in the electronic verification device (card reader), and when checking the data and presence at the station requires the voter to put the finger of his left hand thumb in the space allocated," pointing out that "will match the voter data in the card reader device with the voter register , While the employee will scan the barcode of the ballot paper in the electronic verification device.
A member of the Board of Commissioners said that "the voter sign or fingerprint (for the illiterate person) in front of his name in the paper record, and give the ballot paper and go to a polling station to vote and choose who represents him," noting that "the voter needle the index finger to his right hand before putting paper Polling in the scanner for the electronic counting and counting system of the
ballot box ". The success of electronic voting
On its preparations to ensure the conduct of the election process, the Commission announced the success of the experience of electronic voting devices by 100 percent.
The Commission said in a statement received by Al-Sabah, that "in order to reach an integrated work involving modern electronic technology at the level of counting and sorting and after the Board of Commissioners sought all his energies and the expertise of his staff to introduce the technology and after the approach of elections on
12/5/2018 it "All the electronic counting and sorting devices were examined by (60) thousand devices from the logistics point of view and all over Iraq and the offices of all governorates were equipped to work on polling day," noting that "the Commission worked to simulate the purpose of examining the work of the program for those devices."
"This was done through two simulations where 1,000 stations were used at the level of one station for each registration center and in all Iraqi governorates, where a real simulation used electronic verification devices and real electronic voter cards for training purposes and real ballot papers as a training model Training as well as electronic counting and sorting devices at the station level. "
"The process of voting was conducted smoothly, with the presence of experts and control of the UN team. When the polling process was completed, the whole process was completed and a paper report was given by the agency to the results of the vote."
The Commission pointed out, according to the statement, that "in order to be more secure was directed to the competent personnel to conduct a count and manual sorting to compare in the results and was the process of counting and sorting manually and the results were 100 percent match the results of electronic counting and sorting," indicating that " The work of the devices in all aspects of technical, logistical and
"The results were sent during the vote and transmitted through the carrier center (VSAT) and the results arrived via the satellite during the period of approximately one hour and then instructed the competent staff to make a comparison between the results in the station (paper sheet) (Satellite) and the results of the work 100 percent. "
The statement added that "the Commission has developed plans to conduct other simulations, as the last operation before the day of the ballot in a few days targeting about (50) thousand stations and in a comprehensive manner."
At the end of the statement, the Commission stressed that "the process carried out by the Commission is the results of the ongoing effort and work hard to achieve maximum transparency and reassure the partners of the electoral process that the work of the organs will be guaranteed and its decision to use electronic technology is a strategic decision to serve the electoral process and work is on The efforts of the people of Iraq from the staff who are making extraordinary efforts to serve their country. " Security plan In the meantime, the Commission revealed the security plan to protect its centers on polling day, stressing the absence of any foreign forces charged with protecting the electoral centers.
"The polling stations on Election Day will be surrounded by security officers to eliminate any security breach that may occur, in addition to conducting a thorough inspection of the voters coming to the centers," said Hazem al-Ridini, a member of the council
"The first security cordon was assigned to the security forces in the Interior Ministry and the second ring was assigned to the Defense Ministry," he said, denying any tasks to protect polling stations in Nineveh, Anbar and Salah al-Din to US forces.
The UNHCR had explained earlier to "morning", "The issue of curfew on election day depends on the security estimates of the forces overseeing the protection of the elections."
And on the reasons for non-use of electronic devices in the polling stations of foreign countries, said Alrdini: "The process of voting in the outside countries will be the way approved by the Commission previously for the lack of citizens residing in countries abroad cards," pointing out that "the process of counting and sorting will be electronically and sent to the device Which is intended to send election results. "
A member of the Council of the Commission that "the Commission resorted to the non-voting process in the outside countries because the residents do not have an electoral record," noting that "the process will be through a conditional voting."
It is noteworthy that the streets of Iraqi cities are witnessing these days, the broadest propaganda process for the candidates in the parliamentary elections, covering the public squares and streets and buildings, while competing entities assess daily carnival celebrations to identify candidates and electoral programs to attract votes
According to statistics of the Independent High Electoral Commission, more than 24 million and 200 thousand Iraqis are entitled to vote in the elections out of the total population of Iraq, which exceeds 38 million and 854 Iraqis to elect a new Iraqi parliament composed of 328 deputies, including 9 minority representatives of 5 seats for Christians and one per Of the Shabaks, Yezidis, Sabians and Fili Kurds. The importance of the upcoming elections To that, the President of the National Alliance, Mr. Ammar al-Hakim, during a meeting with US Ambassador in Baghdad, Douglas Seelman, to discuss political developments on the national and regional arenas and the file of the upcoming elections, "the importance of future elections for the future of Iraq, and the need to conduct them in stable conditions and within Procedures to ensure the integrity and transparency of the voting process, and the wide participation of voters in them, to be the results of the true will of the Iraqis. "
Al-Hakim added that "the campaign of the National Wisdom Movement was characterized by the use of civilized methods of direct communication with the voters and their definition of the electoral program." He reiterated the call to "adopt dialogue as a way to deal with regional developments and not resort to escalation that will not serve the peoples of the region."
While the National Coalition revealed the exposure of one of its candidates to an armed attack in the belt of Baghdad a few days ago.
The Coalition, in a statement received by "morning", that "one of the candidates of the national was subjected to an armed attack on the night of 27/28 of last April, as opposed to armed group riding a number of vehicles one of the candidates of the National Coalition leaders, in one of the areas of the Baghdad belt, With a barrage of machine-gun fire, and the incident caused serious damage to the convoy cars without casualties. "
The statement added that "this unfortunate incident indicates the existence of a serious situation has been repeated in the transition of natural political differences between the parties nominated from the level of diction through the media and platforms of social networking, especially paid to the stage of physical liquidation and this is the fourth process of the length of the National Coalition."
The statement added that "the National Coalition calls on all political parties to abide by the rules of political competition, and calls on the security services to maintain security and protect all candidates, and warns of slide into chaos and intimidation of candidates and voters and breaking the popular will in change and reform."[/rtl]
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