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Baghdad today - Diyala
Today, Thursday (December 7, 2023), the Diyala Organization for Human Rights revealed that sponsored advertisements had drained nearly a million dollars from the pockets of candidates in Iraq.
The head of the organization, Talib Al-Khazraji, said in an interview with “Baghdad Today” that, “By following the pages of political forces and their candidates in the provincial council elections scheduled to be held on December 18th, we monitored the reliance of approximately 20% of them on sponsored advertisements within communication platforms to present their programs and ideas.” And also steps to attract votes through their projects.”
He added, "His organization conducted an approach to the amount spent on advertisements funded by candidates in all governorates and concluded that the figure reaches approximately one million dollars," pointing out that "this principle took place in the stages of advertising spending in electoral cycles in recent years because a large percentage Many voters have platforms through which they follow various news and topics.”
He pointed out that "despite the presence of sponsored advertisements, the level of interaction with them by the public remains limited, and this may reflect the large rate of reluctance not only in Diyala but also in the rest of the governorates, which may reach 60%."
Yesterday, Wednesday (December 6, 2023), the Election Commission announced the completion of all preparations to hold the governorate council elections on the scheduled date of December 18 of the current year.
The Commission confirmed to the official agency in a press statement followed by “Baghdad Today” that “there is a great demand for monitoring the elections by civil society organizations as well as bloc observers.”
She pointed out that "some of the Commission's governorate offices have exhausted their monitoring bags, which confirms the large turnout," noting that "the security plan has been finalized to secure the electoral centers that will be subject to three security cordons."
The Independent High Electoral Commission in Iraq confirmed that nearly 70 political parties and alliances, and more than 6,000 candidates are competing for provincial council seats in the local elections, scheduled to be held on December 18.
The elected provincial councils are responsible for selecting the governor and the governorate’s executive officials, and have the powers of dismissal and appointment, and approving the project plan according to the financial budget allocated to the governorate by the central government in Baghdad, in accordance with the Iraqi constitution. These will be the first local elections held in Iraq since April 2013.