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Baghdad: Shaima Rashid
Yesterday, Saturday, the Prime Minister and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Mustafa Al-Kazemi, issued 6 directives to the security forces regarding the elections. He said in a speech during his meeting with members of the Electoral Commission and the Supreme Security Committee: “Our country is counting on your assertive insistence on ensuring the integrity of the electoral process and maintaining its security.” Noting that "Iraq and its people have suffered a lot because of corruption, spoilers, and fraud in every electoral process, and the time has come for them to gain more confidence in their country through secure ballot boxes, and away from the hands of forgers."
He continued, "Your mission today is historical, and it can change the fate of a country, and lift the injustice and injustice that it has experienced since the previous regime, and also after 2003," noting that "18 governorates will all be elected in one day, and this matter requires great efforts on your part, especially in what Concerning the security aspect and securing the electoral process.”
He continued, "We urge the Iraqi people to walk steadily towards the polls, and we highly appreciate the position of His Eminence Al-Sistani in inviting citizens to participate in the elections," sending a message to the Iraqis, saying: "The future of your children is determined by the elections, so nothing prevents you from choosing who you think is the best."
He pointed out that “this is the first election since 2003, and the prime minister has not been nominated for the elections; This means that there is no pressure on the commission,” stressing that he “personally began supervising the Supreme Security Committee for Elections,” and stressed “the need to establish fair elections that restore confidence in the political system, the electoral process and rehabilitation.”
At the end of the meeting, Al-Kazemi issued a set of directives to the security forces, which were as follows: “The security forces must activate the security and intelligence efforts, prevent influence by any party on the voters, and refuse to exploit the security forces from any political party, and any form of exploitation will be severely held accountable, The forces must abide by complete impartiality.”
Al-Kazemi also directed “to prevent the closure of roads in any electoral district, with the intention of influencing the voters in favor of any political party, cooperating with the Independent High Electoral Commission and with international supervisors, and facilitating their tasks,” as well as “it is prohibited for officers to exercise any influence on soldiers and ranks when they cast their votes, For the benefit of any political party,” and stressed that “all abuses will be recorded, and will be submitted to the Electoral Commission to deal with them legally, regardless of their source.”
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