Demand for Reform reaches Electoral Commission

The demand to rein in sectarian and partisan corruption in government through political reform has been ongoing since August 2015, but it has thus far failed to result in even a single minister being replaced, because the parliamentary blocs are committed to the posts they control. This dynamic is why the seats on the electoral commission will likely not emerge as an exceptional case. The parliamentary blocs will not accept being excluded from any state institution or body if they prevent it.

Meanwhile, the Kurdistan Alliance has not made a final decision regarding the dismissal or replacement of the current commission. Kurdistan Alliance legislator Saman Fattah told Al-Monitor, “The Kurdistan Alliance will decide following the commission’s depositions. We do not mind calling any of the state officials for depositions, in the case that the depositions are designed to combat corruption and are due to violations of the law.”

Fattah, however, ruled out the possibility of forming a new electoral commission that “does not include representatives of all the Iraqi components.” He said, “It would cause [the commission] to be subject to criticism and be limited to a particular political, ethnic or religious group, which is totally unacceptable.”

The commission has rejected the accusation that it is somehow corrupt due to how it was formed. In a July 18 statement, the commission expressed its “shock at some of the MPs' efforts to collect signatures to dismiss the commission, contrary to the law and constitution.” It further stated, “This would result in a constitutional vacuum under the difficult circumstances the country faces and would open the door wide to all possibilities.”

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