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Baghdad: Omar Abdul Latif
Starting today, Thursday, the government turned into a caretaker government, and Parliament dissolved itself and removed all its members from parliamentary immunity, while the Independent High Electoral Commission recovered all the biometric voter cards that had not been received to the National Office, indicating that they would be distributed among their owners after the end of the electoral process.
The assistant media spokesperson for the commission, Nibras Abu Souda, told Al-Sabah: "The registration centers have started to pack all the undelivered biometric cards and send them to the election offices in the governorates and then to the National Office," noting that "there are no statistics for these cards so far." .
She added that "there is a decision by the Board of Commissioners to return these cards to the national office before the polling day with records of receipt and delivery, and they cannot be outside the control of the national office before or during the polling day."
She indicated that "these cards are long-term and there is no date for their expiration date, and therefore it is possible to distribute them at any time," expecting that "these cards will be redistributed after the end of the electoral process and the reopening of registration centers."
For his part, Director of the Duhok Elections Office Khaled Abbas said in a press conference: “The logistical materials of devices and equipment necessary for the elections, voting papers and voter records were sent to polling stations within the borders of Duhok Governorate.” He added that "Dohuk governorate recorded the highest percentage in Iraq in the matter of distributing biometric cards, which reached 95%," and explained that "38 of the centers for private polling are ready for the election day on the eighth of the month."
Regarding the number of observers and media, the director of the Dohuk office of the commission announced that “5139 agents of political parties and candidates are registered with the Dohuk office to monitor the electoral process, and more than 600 observers have been registered in the National Office in Baghdad.” Regarding the general voting day’s instructions, Abbas said: “ The directives emphasize the prohibition of bringing mobiles into the voting centers, and the wearing of masks will be imposed by voters when they vote on election day,” noting that “media campaigns will stop at six in the morning next Saturday.”
Meanwhile, legal expert Tariq Harb said: “In view of the parliament’s decision to dissolve itself on the seventh of October.
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