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Shafaq News/ It seems that the circle of rejection of the "modified" election law in Iraq, which the House of Representatives finished reading in Monday's session, has widened.
Yesterday, Monday, independent deputies expressed their refusal to pass the amended Provincial Council Elections Law for the year 2023.
During its session held yesterday, the House of Representatives completed the first reading of the proposed law for the third amendment to the provincial and district council elections law.
A group of civil society organizations, the Forces for Democratic Change and the Watan Parliamentary Bloc held an expanded meeting in order to discuss the legal contexts through which the first reading of the draft of the third amendment to the Provincial Council Elections Law passed, which included practices that are "not consistent with democratic principles," according to a statement issued by them and received by Shafak News Agency.
According to the statement, the meeting took a decision on the need to form a unified front that includes all forces that believe in democratic values, and that it undertakes to present draft amendments to the Provincial Council Elections Law, after involving a wide range of political parties, civil organizations, federations and unions, and public opinion, to meet their aspirations.
The meeting stated that passing laws related to elections and civil and political liberties should not pass without the real participation of civil forces in decision-making.
The conferees also stressed, according to their statement, that the draft amendment that the House of Representatives voted on (first reading) yesterday, Monday, includes dangerous legal clauses that would undermine democracy, participation in elections, fair competition, and the integrity of the electoral process.
Also, a number of points related to the mechanism followed by the parties in power to include the draft amendment and to vote on it in the House of Representatives today, the most important of which is that the proposed law was not studied or scrutinized by the relevant parliamentary committees, according to what is stipulated in the rules of procedure of the House of Representatives, and this indicates the dominance of political agreements over Sound legal institutional contexts.
In addition, the proposed law, according to the statement of those gathered, clearly violates Articles 49 and 122 of the Iraqi constitution, when the Council merged, in the first reading, the provincial elections law and the Parliament elections law into one law, despite the different tasks and powers of the two councils from each other.
The meeting agreed, the statement says, on the need to involve a broader group of organizations and civil movements in the discussion about the position on the law, and to unify opinions regarding amendments to the law. It is expected by civil organizations and parties, representatives and independent political blocs, and this will be announced at a press conference to be held soon.
The "Ishraqa Canon" parliamentary bloc issued a statement, in which it said, "In a confusing scene of the agenda of the sixth session of the first legislative term of the second legislative year, which was presented in three consecutive copies within less than 24 hours, we were surprised that the Presidency of the House of Representatives included a proposal for a third amendment to the council elections law." Governorates and districts No. (12) of 2018 as a first reading.
She added, "Everyone knows that a political movement was running outside the framework of the legislative institution, rushing towards making fundamental changes to amend the laws of the electoral system, relying on the visions of its electoral machines, which only know the language of winning and losing numbers for the parties it runs without taking into account all other considerations," stressing that "it was The first is for the government, which adopted within its ministerial platform to hold local elections in October of this year, to present a draft amendment law that takes into account the political and social conditions that the country is going through during the post-2019 events, and for the project to take its sufficient time of study and consolidation in the corridors. Governmental and advisory institutions that take it upon themselves to study all the circumstances surrounding this legislation, not to present it in such an urgent manner as a proposal for amendment. Even the party that adopted the proposal has not been announced.
Ishraqa Canon Parliamentary warned that "continuing to follow the same approach in managing the legislative institution while it deals with sensitive and important files affecting all Iraqis is a cause for concern for what is to come in the coming days."
And the Iraqi government announced, earlier, that it would make some amendments to the current election law, according to which the recent parliamentary elections took place, and transfer it to the Iraqi Council of Representatives for approval and organizing provincial elections at the end of this year for the first time since 2013.
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