Newspapers are interested in Al-Kazemi's visit to Kuwait and follow the controversy over amending the electoral law and postponing the electoral process
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Today's newspapers focused on the agreement of Iraq and Kuwait to form the Supreme Political Committee to negotiate the outstanding issues between the two countries, and the expanded discussions between the Iraqi and Kuwaiti delegations headed by Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi and his Kuwaiti counterpart Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, during which all files were discussed to enhance cooperation between the two countries in the sectors of the economy. And health, trade, investment, energy, transportation, and others.
It also focused on: "Al-Kazemi and the Emir of Kuwait, Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, expressed their keenness to maintain the relationship and communication and raise the level of bilateral cooperation in the interest of the two brotherly countries."
The newspapers highlighted in their headlines Al-Kazemi's request for Kuwait's participation in the Baghdad Summit at the highest levels, and Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad's affirmation of support for Iraq and its government in facing challenges.
Al-Zawraa newspaper, which is published by the Iraqi Journalists Syndicate, has followed the ongoing controversy over amending the electoral law and postponing the electoral process.
In this regard, she said: "In the hope of reconvening the regular parliament sessions at the beginning of next September, parliamentary circles are engaged in an ongoing debate over the possibility of amending the new electoral law, coinciding with the approaching date of the elections scheduled for the tenth of next October."
Al-Zawraa indicated that a member of the Parliamentary Legal Committee, Representative Hussain Al-Aqabi, said: "The time remaining to present the proposal to amend the Parliament's Elections Law until the elections are scheduled for next October allows that now."
Al-Uqabi added: “Most of the articles and paragraphs that can be reviewed and amended in the new law are technical issues that do not conflict with the date of the elections, due to the presence of some contradictions and legal loopholes, including those related to the biometric voting system,” noting: “Everyone is talking about elections.” Biometric voting, but in fact, the new law allows voting via the previous electronic card and the biometric card as well, so voting must be legally restricted to the biometric card.”
But also a member of the Legal Committee, Representative Almas Fadel, confirmed that there is no official request to postpone the date of the elections scheduled for next October. .
The paper quoted the words of the MP: "The talk about the postponement of the elections so far is the views and observations of the circulation of deputies and representatives of different political blocs, but did not materialize to make any formal request for the postponement of the elections."
She added, "The House of Representatives will proceed with dissolving itself with the completion of the technical and logistical preparations for the upcoming elections in October, and this does not contradict the constitutional texts, because Parliament will dissolve itself automatically before the elections."
As for Al-Sabah newspaper, which is issued by the Iraqi Media Network, it indicated that the Electoral Commission denied any intention to postpone the elections.
Al-Sabah quoted the official in charge of training procedures in the commission's operations department, Daoud Salman Khudair, as saying: "The Board of Commissioners confirms that the elections will be held on schedule, and there is no intention to postpone them."
He added, "All procedures are in the process of being completed according to the operational timetable prepared by the Operations Department of the Commission for the purpose of holding the elections on time."
Khudair pointed out that "the printing of the ballot paper and the voter register has been completed, the polling stations and polling stations have been published for voters, public and private, and the displaced, and the procedure for ratifying the conduct of public and private polling and the program for counting votes, complaints and appeals."
And the newspaper continued: "The Commission conducted many correspondences with the relevant authorities, through official letters addressed by the Chairman of the Board of Commissioners Jalil Adnan Khalaf to the Prime Minister, the latest of which was the book in which the urgent need to install operational contract employees who have technical and administrative experience and are certified by them was confirmed. With good conduct and behavior on the permanent owner, as these correspondences resulted in the approval of the Council of Ministers to create job grades, for the purpose of confirming contractors with the Electoral Commission, whose service exceeded (5) years or more.
On the issue of the elections as well, Al-Mashreq newspaper said: "The Parliamentary Legal Committee questioned the readiness of the Independent High Electoral Commission to hold the elections on their scheduled date on the tenth of next October. It suggested postponing them to April 2022."
Committee member Bahar Mahmoud said, according to the newspaper: "The holding of the elections requires a stable legal, political, security and economic environment."
The representative added, "This is not available at the present time, in addition to the outbreak of the Corona pandemic and the registration of thousands of injuries on a daily basis."
And she continued: "The commission claims that it is ready and has completed all the technical preparations for holding the elections, but I am skeptical about that, and it is likely that the commission will not be able to conduct the electoral process on schedule."
A member of Parliamentary Legal Affairs indicated the withdrawal of some of the main political blocs from the electoral process, considering that all these reasons refer to the postponement of the elections from their scheduled date to April of next year./ End[/rtl]