[ltr]2023.02.14 - 09:29[/ltr]
Baghdad - Nas
The circle of elite rejection by academics and activists widened for the draft amendment to the provincial and district council elections law (local) after its first reading in parliament yesterday, pending discussions and political consensus to pass it.
The head of the Clauda Center for Studies, Basil Hussein, described the draft law in a tweet followed by “NAS” (February 14, 2023) as a “farce” and a “black comedy.” Academician and analyst Iyad al-Anbar stressed in a tweet that “returning to St. The party or the head of the list,” adding, “Returning to St. Lego means circumventing the will of the people, and maintaining the dominance of the traditional power forces, whose fragility was proven by the 2022 elections.”
Academic researcher Firas Elias mentioned the description of the return to the Saint-Lego law in a tweet followed by "NAS" as "a clear translation of the continuation of the policy of serving among the heads of the political class, in sharing influence and consolidating existence, and deliberately blocking any emergency reaction that threatens their interests in the future."
Earlier, the head of the Center for Political Thinking, Ihsan Al-Shammari, said in a post followed by "NAS" (February 13, 2023), that "the adoption of (St. Lego) is a preemptive strike for the upcoming elections that stimulates political confrontation and doubles the people's boycott of it."
In addition, Hamed Al-Sayed, the official spokesman for the “Wa’i” movement, commented on the amendment, saying: “With the ambiguity of the position of most of the new forces!! The Sunni parties: it has been proven that the vote of the displaced has been adopted.
For his part, the head of the Ishtar Center for Supporting Democracy, Muhammad Al-Alawi, commented on Article 10 of the proposal for the third amendment to the provincial elections law, which allows for outside voting, saying: "The biggest gateway to manipulate the results of these elections."
He added, "Quench politicians, actors, influencers, and public opinion makers must vigorously confront its abolition or amendment."
The House of Representatives completed the first reading of the proposed law for the third amendment to the Provincial and District Council Elections Law No. (12) for the year 2018, submitted by the Legal Committee and the Regions and Governorates that are not organized in a region yesterday, Monday.
A statement by the Council stated that the amendment came in order to implement the decisions of the Federal Court No. (43/federal/2021), (159/federal/2021) and (103/federal/2019) and “for the purpose of holding free, fair and fair elections for the Iraqi Council of Representatives and provincial councils other than organized in a region and upgrading it and the participation of all segments of society. According to the statement.
The modified Saint Lego system was adopted in distributing parliamentary seats in Iraq, after the House of Representatives voted on (November 4, 2013) on a paragraph requiring the distribution of seats to competing lists within the Iraqi election law, adopting the modified Saint Lego system. It is noteworthy that the St. Lego system was adopted in the distribution of seats in the provincial, district and sub-district council elections on 4/20/2013.
Saint-Lego is a method invented in 1912 by the French mathematician Andre Saint-Lego, and the purpose of this formula is to distribute votes to electoral seats in multi-seat constituencies, and reduce the resulting defects between the asymmetry in votes and the number of seats obtained, which is a defect that large parties benefit from At the expense of small blocks, St. Lego modified is a modified image intended to distribute seats in a more equitable manner.
This formula was used for the first time in the Iraqi parliamentary elections in 2014, and through this formula, parliamentary seats were distributed in Iraq, as well as the provincial council elections for the same session, and one of its results was that the small lists obtained seats in the Iraqi parliament and provincial councils, and chaos and division were born in the blocs And political coalitions, because of the fluctuation of the positions of these small blocs.
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