- Time: 03/29/2021 13:29:01
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(Baghdad: Al-Furat News) The spokeswoman for the Electoral Commission, Jumana Al-Ghali, confirmed today, Monday, that canceling the foreign elections is an irreversible decision.
"The decision not to hold elections abroad is not subject to appeal before the judiciary," Al-Ghalai told Al-Furat News.
She added that "the decision was published in Arabic, English and Kurdish," indicating that "the judiciary for the elections is the one who decides on this matter, positively or negatively."
Regarding the special vote, the commission spokeswoman explained, "We addressed the ministries of interior and defense to provide us with the names of those affiliated with the process of updating and biometric registration, including those whose cards were withdrawn in the previous elections," indicating that "according to the law, the card is withdrawn by the security forces after the special vote." "Her endeavor to return these cards" and Al-
Ghalai pointed out that "the design of the electoral papers in terms of length and width will be according to the number of candidates," indicating that "the papers are read from all sides inside the box."
Earlier, the Electoral Commission decided, on March 23, not to hold House of Representatives elections for Iraqis abroad.
In a statement, she stated that the Iraqi Parliament Elections Law No. 9 of 2020 stipulated that (Iraqis abroad vote for their constituencies using the biometric card exclusively). The commission faced several technical, financial, legal and health obstacles, the most important of which is that completing the Iraqi voter registration process in The exterior is biometric in all its stages. It takes approximately (160) days in ideal conditions, while the remaining period is (40 days) only.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs also apologized for conducting the registration and polling process in Iraqi embassies and consulates due to the impossibility of setting them up at the current stage and for this election cycle, in addition to what it would take to open current accounts in the name of the UNHCR offices outside Iraq, and the security and financial approvals required by those countries.
She indicated that the conduct of the electoral process in places that are not subject to Iraqi sovereignty makes it subject to the laws of those countries and that the Iraqi judiciary has no jurisdiction over the violations and abuses that may occur during the conduct of the electoral process, in addition to sending UNHCR staff to other countries in light of the critical health conditions represented by the spread of the Corona pandemic. It puts their safety at risk, which was explained by the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers in accordance with the Supreme Committee for Health and Safety Resolution No. (11) of 2021.
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