Tag Archives | Independent High Electoral Commission

IHEC Rejects Basra Autonomy Bid

By John Lee. Iraq’s Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) has reportedly rejected a request for referendum to make Basra an autonomous region. Anadolu Agency reports that Commission said it had received an official request from Basra city that included the signatures of 44,366 citizens, but the lists were missing the signatories’ identification numbers and ration […]

Official Election Results Announced 25th of May

By John Lee Iraq’s Independent High Electoral Commission has confirmed that the final official results of the April 30th elections will be announced on the 25th of May. So far a number of sources have released preliminary results, or what they have described as a first count. Elsewhere, various parties have claimed an approximate number […]

Iraqis Brave Violence To Vote

By John Lee. Millions of Iraqis went to cast their votes today as the country went into a state of lockdown for elections. Polling began at 7am and will close at 6pm. Previous elections in Iraq have been marred by considerable violence, while 50 were killed on Monday as Iraq’s armed forces cast their votes. […]

Baghdad Key in Electoral Battle

This article was originally published by Niqash. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. As a province, Baghdad has the biggest population and therefore gets the biggest share of representative seats in Iraq’s Parliament. And unlike in other provinces, the population is far from […]

US Ambassador Praises IHEC’s Election Efforts

U.S. Ambassador Stephen Beecroft (pictured) and U.S. Embassy staff met on Tuesday April 22 with Mr. Sarbast Rashid Mustafa, the Chairman of the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) and Mr. Muqdad Alsharify, the Chief Electoral Officer of IHEC. Chairman Mustafa and CEO Alsharify outlined for the Ambassador the extensive plan that IHEC has in place […]

Full List of Election Candidates

By Reidar Visser. The following article was published by Reidar Visser, an historian of Iraq educated at the University of Oxford. It is reproduced here with the author’s permission. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. The Iraqi election campaign formally began Tuesday, but the official candidate […]

Election Campaigning Begins

By John Lee. Election campaigning began formally today across Iraq, Asharq al-Awsat reports. Perhaps optimistically, they suggest this marks the end of the crisis with the Independent High Electoral Commission, following their return to work last week. Campaign posters and billboards already adorn many parts of Baghdad, as seen in this Al Arabiya slideshow. Radio Free Iraq […]

IHEC Retracts Resignation

By John Lee. It was news that stunned many observers, but was met with resignation by others expecting chaos surrounding April’s general elections in Iraq: Last week, Iraq’s entire Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) resigned en masse. That decision was blamed by the commission on “political interference” over a proposal by the judiciary to disqualify […]