Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Kurds choose November date for local elections

This comes in today from the UN:

In a letter addressed to the IHEC (Iraq High Electoral Commission) Chairman, the KRG (Kurdish Regional Government) Prime Minister officially informed IHEC of the decision to hold the region’s governorate council elections on 21 November 2013. The decision confirms IHEC’s suggestion on the election schedule as contained in its 17 July letter to the region’s authorities. The region’s Parliamentary elections remain as scheduled on 21 September 2013.

The vetting process for candidates for the Kurdistan Region’s parliamentary elections has been completed. The number of candidates now stands at 1133, of which 367 or more than 32% are women candidates. The political campaign period has started albeit in a muted tone with no major public campaign activity held so far in the region.

AND with regard to controversial proposals to amend the national elections law:

UNAMI continues to monitor developments in the Iraqi Council of Representatives on proposals to amend the electoral law for the 2014 Iraq parliamentary elections. The most contentious point remains to be the seat allocation formula – with political blocs diverging on their views regarding the D’Hondt, St. Lague or modified St. Lague formula.

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