[size=36]The United Nations clarifies that its team exerted pressure to postpone the Iraqi elections[/size]
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United Nations representative in Iraq, Jenin Plaschaert, clarified, on Thursday, about the news circulating about her team exerting pressure to postpone the Iraqi elections scheduled for next October.
"A wave of false news and misinformation is inflaming tension and undermining public confidence, six weeks before the October elections," Blackshart said, quoting The National News, according to the official agency.
And she added, "The media and social networks in Iraq are spreading misinformation and even conspiracy theories that create "misperceptions about the parliamentary vote on October 10."
“Misinformation is abundant and widespread about the IHEC, the protests, government officials and political rivals, as well as about the United Nations,” Blaschaert noted, warning, “If disinformation goes beyond reality, this is not only a massive drain on energy for those who are working hard for the common good of Iraq.” .
She said : "There are common rapidly that spread the" team of the United Nations, based in Iraq , was pushing for the postponement of the elections instead of helping officials of Iraqi elections in their planning, "describing it by saying:" It 's absurd. "
Has company Facebook this month , the launch system In Iraq to screen anyone who makes political ads on the site or on Instagram in an effort to curb fake news before the elections.
As Blackshart explained, the responsibility lies with Iraqi politicians who can "make or break the vote." She added that "the clock is ticking" until the "electronic day", and urged the candidates to be fair.
For his part, the Dutch politician told the UN Security Council: "No matter how many technical measures have been put in place, it is up to them all to refrain from any attempt to impose or distort the election results."
The UN Security Council responded last May to a request to expand the UN mission in Iraq, a team five times larger than it was during the 2018 elections, with an increase in the number of election observers.
The US ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas Greenfield, also called for "free and fair elections" and said US donations of about $15 million to monitor the elections would pave the way for a "better future for Iraqis."