[size=36]The European Union Mission: The 2021 elections were the weakest in Iraq's history[/size]
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, the head of the European Union Election Monitoring Mission, Viola von Cramon, said on Tuesday that the 2021 elections were the weakest in Iraq's modern history.
Karamon said, during a press conference in Baghdad, that "a low turnout was recorded for the elections, and that the 2021 elections are the weakest in Iraq's history."
She added, "The voter turnout was 41%, and the election day was calm, stable and secure, and the voters were voting freely," adding: "We have a team of 12 experts and 59 diplomats from European Union countries."
She stressed, "The secrecy of the vote was not safe at times, and the biometric measurements were not implemented well, and we noticed that some voters were voting without returning to their personal thumbprint," noting that "some obstacles were left without regulation, which affected the turnout and participation rate, so such elections cannot be guaranteed."
She pointed out, "The demands of the Tishreen demonstrators imposed some new legal frameworks, and the Tishreen movement somewhat boycotted the elections, freedom of expression in the elections was respected, and scenes of violence in the elections, including some armed elements outside the state's authority, tried to intimidate voters and influence their convictions."
And she continued: "Some blocs tried to use political money to influence their voters, and important information was only available in Arabic through the Commission's website, and not others," noting that "media freedom was not fully guaranteed in electoral campaigns."
And she indicated, "There are cases of threats to candidates and voters, especially in the Kurdistan region, and the quota did not effectively represent minorities, and the representation of women and people with special needs does not fully comply with the criteria of the electoral law."
She added: "