16 million voters are included in the provincial council elections
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Baghdad: Omar Abdul Latif
Haider Al Jaber
The Election Commission has begun training its employees during polling day in the local elections scheduled for the 18th of next month, which will include electronic verification, counting and sorting devices, while the Media and Communications Commission has formed an electoral operations room to monitor all media outlets.
The Commission appointed approximately 206,000 employees for polling day, and they will be distributed among 38,040 voting stations within 7,766 centers.
Electoral Commission spokesperson Jumana Al-Ghalai told “Al-Sabah”: “The polling staff were divided into groups due to the large number, and these groups were trained on the special equipment for the elections, which are electronic verification, counting and sorting devices,” adding that “a special standard was set in training.” With preference given to government employees, then those with advanced degrees, then those with bachelor’s degrees.”
Adopting the biometric card exclusively reduced voters from about 25 million to about 16 million voters. In turn, the assistant to the Al-Zahraa Registration Center in Al-Rusafa, Muhammad Taha, said, “The Commission organized a training workshop on three levels regarding voting day procedures, counting, and sorting for public and private voting for the irregular governorate council elections in the 2023 region,” noting that “the first level is the training department, and then the level The second is the registration center employees, and after completing the training of the registration center employees, the registration center employees train the third level, which includes one-day employees, who are employees of state departments.” Taha added, in an interview with “Al-Sabah,” that “the training explains in detail the voting mechanism, the procedures adopted in the general ballot, and how the machines work, as well as the manual and electronic counting and sorting process.” At the level of surveillance and monitoring, the Executive Director of the Media and Communications Authority, Ali Al-Muayyad, told Al-Sabah: “The chamber was formed with the support of the Supreme Judicial Council, to record violations and violations in the media, and to take legal measures to ensure the integrity of the conduct of the elections in the media.” Al-Moayad added, “The authority’s powers are broad and will be an aid and support to the Election Commission, to ensure transparency and give the citizen sufficient opportunity to make his own decision within an atmosphere that allows him to sort between programs,” noting that “the 2021 elections recorded fewer violations compared to the elections that preceded them, which are 4 violations.” ". Regarding news coverage, he said: “The law is clear regarding the media linked to the state, which must be neutral and give fair space to everyone. As for the private sector, if the media is linked to parties, it is very natural for them to promote them, and we urge that this be the case.” The means are fair, with correct promotional mechanisms, and not to undermine opponents and competitors.”
Edited by: Ali Abdel Khaleq
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