By John Lee.
The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq, Mr. Martin Kobler, has welcomed the decision announced on 30 October 2012 by the Government of Iraq to set 20 April 2013 as the date for the forthcoming Governorate Council elections, following consultations with the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC).
“Setting the date will pave the way to move swiftly towards the planning for the organization and conduct of the Governorate Council elections,” Mr. Kobler said, highlighting the importance of the active participation of all Iraqis in all stages of the polls, most particularly women and young people, as well as civil society organizations and political parties.
Since 2004, the United Nations has supported seven major electoral events in Iraq, and since its establishment in 2007, IHEC has been fulfilling its constitutional mandate to plan, administer and conduct elections. “UNAMI remains committed to supporting IHEC and its Board of Commissioners in the preparations and conduct of elections,” Mr. Kobler concluded.