Parliamentary warnings of political money and the influence of power in the provincial elections[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
Baghdad today - Baghdad
A member of the Parliamentary Integrity Committee, Hadi al-Salami, warned today, Tuesday, against exploiting state resources in the provincial council elections to be held on December 18.
Al-Salami told "Baghdad Today": "We warn and fear of exploiting the state's resources in the provincial council elections with electoral propaganda, promotion, enticement, and even threats. There must be strict supervision over any official who intends to run in the elections."
He added, "The oversight authorities are required to tighten control over every official in the state who intends to run in the elections, to prevent him from committing corruption crimes by exploiting the power, its money, and the state's resources, to obtain votes, so the elections must be fair and just."
The Council of Ministers, on December 18, was the date for holding the provincial elections for the year 2023, "in compliance with the ministerial platform adopted by the government, and approved by Parliament last October."
It is noteworthy that these elections include 15 provinces out of 18, as there are three provinces within the Kurdistan region that are not included in the elections, although there are efforts to do so.
These will be the first provincial council elections to take place in Iraq since April 2013, during which the lists of former Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki topped the results. Before that, provincial council elections were held in 2009 only .
It was scheduled to take place in 2018, coinciding with the parliamentary elections at the time, but it was postponed more than once .
According to the Iraqi constitution, the provincial councils have wide powers, as they are not subject to the control or supervision of any ministry or entity not linked to a ministry, and they have broad administrative and financial powers .