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    Amending the Elections Law in Iraq: An Attempt to Restore the Gains of the Traditional Powers

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    [size=47]Amending the Elections Law in Iraq: An Attempt to Restore the Gains of the Traditional Powers[/size]

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    December 01, 2022Counting the votes in the 2021 elections in Baghdad (Ayman Yaqoub / Anadolu Agency)

    The announcement by former Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki last week that the Coordinating Framework coalition sought to return to the old election law known as the "St. Lego Law" came as another confirmation of the work of the main political forces in the country to undermine the most prominent achievements after the 2019 popular demonstrations. In the country, which is the enactment of a new election law based on the victory of the most votes according to the multiple district system, allowing civil forces and new movements to compete.

    Maliki and talk about amending the election law

    The "coordinating framework", which includes a number of political forces close to Tehran, is working on a project to amend the current election law in Parliament before going to set a [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] .

    In recent weeks, what was proposed was an amendment to the items of electronic counting and sorting to be done manually, as well as [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] within the multiple constituencies. However, Al-Maliki talked about going to amend [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] by returning to the old law, known as the “St. Lego” law, and according to an electoral denominator of 1.7. in one circuit. In the context, Al-Maliki said in an interview with a local channel: "All the political blocs agreed to change the election law to the base of St. Lego 1.7, which means that the province will return to becoming one district, because I am not convinced of the previous law."
    Nouri al-Maliki: All political blocs agreed to change the election law to the Saint-Lego rule 1.7
    And "St. Lego" is a mathematical method in distributing the votes of the voters to the participating electoral lists, so the votes are divided by 1.3 upwards, at which time the small lists get more chances to win parliamentary seats, and the higher the electoral denominator, that is, from 1.6 and more, the fewer chances of those lists and the more seats. big coalitions. This method is "unbalanced," according to members of the new parties, because it enables the traditional parties that hold positions in the state and political money to easily reach the provincial councils.
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    However, a prominent member of the "Coordination Framework" coalition told Al-Araby Al-Jadeed that "it is unfair to hold the Shiite political forces responsible for the movement to amend the electoral law. The Sunni and Kurdish forces also want to return to the old law, as it guarantees their survival in the forefront." He added, "The multiple constituencies law for the civil forces extracted good seats from the account of the main parties, and therefore all the traditional forces want to return to the old law, even if some of them claim the opposite in front of the media." And he acknowledged that “the return of the old law will make it difficult for the civil forces and the new movements to obtain a quarter of what they obtained in the [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] (held on October 10, 2021)."
    Iraqi civil and independent forces, most notably "Imtidayad", "New Generation" and "Ishraqa Kanoon", won 49 seats in the new parliament (out of 329), but only two blocs succeeded in forming a coalition within Parliament, namely, "Imtidayd" and "New Generation". With 21 parliamentary seats, which is a good percentage according to observers, especially since most of the civil forces, including the Communist Party, decided to boycott the elections. In the recent elections, Iraq relied on an election law that divided the provinces into multiple electoral districts, in response to popular pressures that were represented by the protest movement that was calling for early parliamentary elections, the replacement of the Electoral Commission that had already been changed, and a vote on a new election law.
    Regarding these developments, a member of the Iraqi parliament, Muhammad Al-Shammari, revealed that parliamentary discussions related to amending the election law had begun. He said, in press statements, that "holding elections needs three basic points, which are the availability of political will, and the existence of a law regulating the electoral process, which is currently being discussed in Parliament to choose the electoral method, whether the Saint-Lego method or others. As for the third point, it is going to the one constituency. Or multiple at the governorate level, and this will be decided during the coming period.
    In the context, a member of Parliament for the "Coordination Framework" coalition, Muhammad al-Saihoud, said, "Most political forces see the previous election law as a cause of many problems, and the House of Representatives is awaiting the arrival of the new law from the new government." In an interview with Al-Araby Al-Jadeed, he considered that "the previous law caused problems that developed into unusual quarrels between the political forces," referring to the armed confrontations between the Sadrists and armed factions linked to the "Coordination Framework" forces, inside the Green Zone in Baghdad and Basra in August. last August. But Al-Saihoud added, "In any case, it is still too early to talk about the law, because it will be subject to many discussions at the level of parliamentary committees on the one hand, and parties on the other."
    Mohie Al-Ansari: The talk of the traditional forces about returning to the (St. Lego) law is a fraud on the people
    In turn, the independent deputy, Hadi al-Salami, found that "the endeavor to restore the (St. Lego) law in its previous version, which was rejected by the Iraqi people and national forces, is an attempt to undermine all opportunities for reform in the country, and an attempt to return to square one and not advance the wheel of change." In an interview with Al-Araby Al-Jadeed, he stressed that "the national forces and the new parties will not allow this, because the direction of the large parties currently, which lost in the last parliamentary elections, is to exclude the new parties that were formed after the October 2019 uprising, and to prevent the rise of national and independent figures to the throne." positions.”

    The insistence of the traditional forces to return to the old law

    Al-Salami pointed out that "the traditional parties are afraid of turning into small parties with the continuation of the popular aversion to them, but rather want to remain in power in any way," noting that "the multiple constituencies law is more fair and representative of the Iraqi people, as recognized by most international organizations." But because independents benefit from it and turn it into an influential force, the traditional parties want to crush all democratic efforts for change.
    For his part, the head of the "Iraqi House" movement, Mohi al-Ansari, confirmed that "the talk of the traditional forces about returning to the (St. Lego) law is the first deception against the Iraqi people, so that the forces of corruption and quotas will return to dominance and exclude the emerging and small civil and national forces, which do not have money and weapons as well." They are the other powers and do not use state resources to build the economic empires of the parties. Al-Ansari said, in an interview with Al-Araby Al-Jadeed, that “the original St. Lego law without fractions is the law that is compatible with our political situation in the country, as it gives an equal opportunity, especially with civil and emerging forces that do not have money and power and use them to distort the most important A way out of the outputs of democracy, which is the elections, and transforming them into a process that expels the national sense through the use of illegal means.
    In turn, the Iraqi political analyst, Kitab Al-Mizan, saw that "the coordination framework and the blocs affiliated with it were the biggest affected by the law that was adopted in the 2021 elections, when the method of multiple constituencies was adopted within the same governorate, and currently these affected and losing parties in the previous elections hold the reins of government." It almost controls the decisions of the government and parliament, and therefore it wants to restore the law that enables it to have more control, which is St. Lego Law, version 1.7. Al-Mizan explained in an interview with Al-Araby Al-Jadeed that "the adoption of this law will lead to the return of traditional parties to the fore again, and they will rearrange their papers by controlling the provincial councils, and making decisions in Iraqi cities according to the separate partisan visions. It will also lead to a lack of Empowering small and new parties and independent personalities.[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

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