A Challenge for the Electoral Commission

With just six weeks left to the parliamentary elections in Iraq, scheduled for 30th April, former Prime Minister Iyad Allawi has sais that the elections may not be held due to the security problems in the country.

Addressing a youth organization affiliated to his National Iraqi Alliance, Allawi expressed doubts about the integrity and transparency of the forthcoming elections, citing reports that forged electronic voting cards were being sold.

According to the London-based newspaper Asharq Al Awsat, he has also raised concerns that a number of serving and former Iraqi parliamentarians have been excluded from the elections, including former finance minister Rafie Al-Issawi.

The conditions for an election will not be ideal in the forseeable future, so rather than postponing the ballot, the remaining six weeks must be put to good use. The onus must now be on the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) to ensure that confidence is restored in the electoral process.

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