Rainfall in marginalized neighborhoods makes the task of provincial council candidates difficult
[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
Baghdad: Haider Al-Jaber
The recent wave of rain that the country witnessed embarrassed local governments, coinciding with the escalation of the heat of the election campaigns for local councils, as mud and overflowing sewage blocked the main side streets in a number of governorates, with some of them rushing to disrupt work in schools and institutions.
The federal government had promised to launch a package of projects to provide necessary services to marginalized areas, including the formation of a service effort team that entered a number of areas not included in the municipal services plan.
The government is scheduled to launch about 60 projects to serve peripheral areas that witness high population density and poor services.
A member of the Parliamentary Services Committee, Baqir Al-Saadi, told Al-Sabah: “The government will hold accountable those who are negligent in implementing the service projects it recently launched,” adding that “the Baghdad Municipality and the governorates are working to provide services, control rainwater, and provide services to the affected and unserved areas.”
Al-Saadi pointed out that “the Prime Minister met with the governors and sums were disbursed for maintenance of sewers and others,” indicating that “the municipalities will cooperate with the private sector in serving the deprived areas after preparing the necessary funds, and the government has completed a package of projects and the rains have been controlled.”
The representative stated that “59 service projects will be launched in Baghdad with 700 equipped vehicles provided, including 21 projects in Sadr City alone,” pointing out that “an explosive budget has been allocated for the current year, and infrastructure work began 7 months ago and will continue for three years.”
Unfortunately for some provincial council election candidates, the rainy season coincided with propaganda campaigns, which is a reminder of the importance of the services file to voters as a measure of the authorities’ seriousness in implementing their obligations.
The writer and journalist who researches electoral affairs, Ali Abdel Zahra, stated that “the services file is a priority for the voter and is often considered a standard for the work of the provincial councils and even the House of Representatives, despite the intersection of executive powers with the parliament’s legislative, supervisory and representative role,” noting that “recent years “Election campaigns were full of promises to provide services.”
Abdel-Zahra added, in an interview with “Al-Sabah,” that “the services file took precedence over others in the programs of the candidates for these elections,” explaining that “the current service projects have strengthened the street’s confidence to a small extent due to the decision-maker’s seriousness in paying attention to what the citizen needs.”
He believed that "the goal is to create a governorate council with supervisory roles over service institutions, and legislative roles that provide the financial cover that these projects need in the upcoming financial budgets. This is a direct relationship between providing services and increasing participation in elections, and vice versa."
Edited by: Ali Abdel Khaleq
[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]