Appointments, a stroke of the pen, and a thousand projects... A popular movement documents 3 ways to “buy electoral votes” - Urgent[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] |Today[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
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The Diyala Popular Movement announced today, Wednesday (November 29, 2023), that it has monitored three ways to buy electoral votes, while noting that there are “fake appointments.”
The leader of the movement, Ammar Shanba Al-Tamimi, said in an interview with “Baghdad Today” that “the December 18 elections meet the lowest standards of parity of opportunities between the candidates in light of the unprecedented exploitation of the state’s capabilities and public money by some influential parties in a way that calls for a serious stance from the public.” The government in Baghdad.
He added, "We have monitored three ways to buy votes in Diyala by the powerful forces. The first of these is launching nearly 1,000 projects within a month in villages, countrysides, and neighborhoods, most of them without economic benefit. Rather, it has come to the point that the projects are approved with a 'stroke of a pen' by some of the nominated officials, wondering where... Those projects were a year ago?
He added, “It is not reasonable for an official to remain in his position while he is a candidate in the elections and has the capabilities to distribute projects and services,” pointing out that granting officials leave and withdrawing their hands is the right thing, but it seems that the political pressures are stronger, stressing that the method of buying votes is through the entity’s representative and bringing in thousands. Each one of them was given 100,000 dinars.”
Al-Tamimi went on to say, “The elections revealed the extreme wealth of some forces that spend money in a way that requires a serious pause to explain its source.”
He pointed out, “The third method of buying votes is fictitious appointments, and some cases were monitored 4 days ago,” explaining that what is happening indicates the existence of hegemony and exploitation of public funds and departments by well-known influential parties who want to obtain the largest number of votes in all ways, far from any real programs. To lift Diyala out of its reality.”
On Sunday (November 26, 2023), a human rights organization revealed that more than 10 billion dinars were spent on election posters by Diyala candidates.
The head of the Diyala Organization for Human Rights, Talib Al-Khazraji, said in an interview with “Baghdad Today” that “the December 18 elections revealed part of the world of extravagance and political money that some political forces enjoy through unprecedented spending on propaganda in an attempt to garner votes by all available means.” ".
He added, "The provincial council elections in Diyala include 328 candidates, each of whom spends an average of 20 million dinars on advertising posters that are published in the streets, which is a specific number for simple candidates, but some of them spent from one billion to one billion and 500 million on advertising posters by publishing hundreds." Posters,” stressing that “one of the candidates allocated nearly 4 billion to finance his election campaign.”
He pointed out, "The cost of advertising posters in the streets of Diyala is close to 10 billion dinars, but if we count what is spent through banquets and some small projects to gain votes by candidates supported by wealthy businessmen or political elites, it is close to 30 billion dinars." "
He pointed out that "the numbers remain open and the spending process reaches its peak with the approaching deadline of December 18, especially with the intensity of competition between multiple political forces to win seats in the next Diyala Council."
The Independent High Electoral Commission previously set a financial ceiling for each candidate to spend, setting the value of spending on electoral propaganda to be 250 dinars multiplied by the number of voters in the governorate, bringing the maximum ceiling for each candidate to one billion and 400 million dinars.