By John Lee.
Sources from Reuters have reported that Iraq's entire electoral commission have resigned en masse complaining of "political interference."
The move comes following a conflict between the judiciary, legislature and the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) following a decision by the judiciary to disqualify candidates said to be of "ill repute."
This could quite possibly jeopardise April's general elections, now only 36 days away. A statement from the commission clarified the reasoning behind the move:
"The commission is subject to intense pressures resulting from the conflict between the legislative and judiciary powers.In order to get out of this vicious circle, the members of the electoral commission have taken the decision to present their resignation collectively."
Critics of PM Nouri al-Maliki (pictured) have often noted how state institutions have either been manipulated (in the case of the judiciary) purged of al-Dawa party opponents or sidelined by the PM. Follow our updates at Iraq Business News for more analysis and commentary following this move.