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Shafaq News/ The head of the Parliamentary Regions Committee, Khaled al-Darraji confirmed, on Wednesday, that merging the elections of the provincial councils and the House of Representatives are just limited parliamentary proposals and directions subject to political deliberations and discussions.
Al-Daradji told Shafaq News agency, "There are parliamentary approaches and proposals that called for merging the local and parliamentary elections, but the proposal or approach met with great parliamentary rejection in the Iraqi parliament, and the majority rejects the merger."
He pointed out that "intense parliamentary and political meetings and discussions took place to resolve the fate of the provincial council elections mechanism and the electoral law, which is currently subject to wide political controversies and debates."
And he indicated that "the core of the differences over the provincial elections law is the attempts of the major political forces to adopt one electoral district according to the old electoral law, but the independent representatives and broad parliamentary parties reject one district and demand multiple districts."
Al-Darraji stressed that "the local elections law will undergo a second and third reading in the coming days to come up with a final version of the law and the election mechanism."
And the Iraqi government announced, earlier, that it would make some amendments to the current election law, according to which the last 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.
Article 4 first indicates that the elections for the new session of the House of Representatives and the provincial councils take place 45 days before the end date of the sessions that preceded them, while the second paragraph of the same article specified the date of the elections by a decision of the Council of Ministers and in coordination with the Independent High Electoral Commission.
As for the third paragraph, I mentioned that the elections take place in one day throughout Iraq. As for Article Six of the third amendment version, it indicated that the provincial council consists of 10 seats, to which one seat is added for every 200,000 people for more than one million people, according to the latest approved statistics.
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