The Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq, Mr. Martin Kobler, welcomed the decision of the Council of Ministers today to conduct the Governorate Council elections in Anbar and Ninewa on 20 June.
“This new date will give the people of Anbar and Ninewa a chance to choose their local representatives soon. This will lay a foundation for peaceful dialogue," Mr. Kobler said.
Mr. Kobler reiterated that the elections in Anbar and Ninewa should be conducted in a safe and secure environment. He called upon all leaders in the two provinces to do everything possible to ensure that the elections are carried out in a free, fair and credible manner.