(47) Weekly Statement

Number: 47

Date: – 4/ 3/2021

The strategic vision of the Commission regarding the decision to extend the period of registration of political alliances until 1/5/2021, and to receive candidate lists until 17/4/2021, was based on studying and analyzing the internal factors of the institution, and how to harmonize the timetable of electoral processes between the electoral stages and the intensification of efforts to develop their systems and facilitate the work of IHEC ,and study the external factors represented by the (SNTV) system (system of single non-transferable votes ) which is focusing on the candidate, not on a party or a collision .

♦ A motivation towards Success

The extension decision enables all qualified candidates to register in the upcoming election, and then it would be possible for him/her to be a member in any political party. In addition to that, the number of nominators neither match the size of the (83) constituencies, nor the number of seats allocated for (329) members of the House of Representatives. In addition to that, this extension will grant parties enough time to discuss the fundamental basic requirements to register the coalitions. So this decision is the main motivation in directing the electoral process towards success.

♦After Extension

After issuing the decision of extension, the number of parties who have been granted formal leaves, was (249) parties, as for the parties that are under establishment was (59) parties, and about (106) parties desired to participate in the electoral process, while the number of alliances that have been accredited on, reached to (30) coalitions, (10) under registration, and (7) showed their desire to participate in elections. While the number of candidates reached to (144) candidates who will participate in the next electoral event.

♦ Voters Data

On the other hand, the process of updating voters’ data is continuing since 2/1/2021, as this process resulted in updating (1,049,370) cases, including the newborn voters of the years (2001), (2002) and (2003) , who reached to (279,695) voters; In addition to registering (14,794) voters from displaced persons, and updating their data biometrically, this led to increase the total number of biometrically registered voters to be (15,534,518) voters, and distributing (13,284,931) biometric voters’ card

♦ OCV (Out of Country Voting)

In the context of the processes of biometric updating and registration, the Board of Commissioners had certified the procedures for registering the data of Iraqi voters residing abroad and updating their data biometrically, in order to guarantee casting their votes according to an accurate and up-to-date voter register for the purpose of collecting and updating their textual and vital data, this was by opening registration offices for them in (21) states which are previously approved by the Board of Commissioners who in its turn addressed the Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs to obtain the states’ approval to open international electoral offices. IHEC is working on facilitating the search process for Iraqi voters abroad, to verify their data, through the commission’s official website (WWW.ihec.iq ), or by using Smart phone application to search for their information (http://37.98.225.235:8080 ), or by visiting the International Office when it is opened.

♦ Coordination with Stakeholders

The Commission is working to coordinate the work and efforts in the electoral awareness and education process with the stakeholders from governmental institutions and departments, civil society organizations, parties , and coalitions who have a prominent role in observe the biometric update process, as (3,726) local observers visited registration centers, and (3,310) observers from agents of political parties throughout Iraq.

In the same context, the Commission adopts a mechanism for communicating with partners through seminars, conferences and dialogue sessions under the supervision of a member of the Board of Commissioners, to expand the scope of electoral education, taking into account the conditions of the Supreme Committee for National Health and Safety.

♦ GEOs

In the context of continuous follow-up, members of the Board of Commissioners supervise periodically and directly over the technical and operational activities in the electoral governorates’ offices. To find out the obstacles facing work, and to learn about the biometric registration and update percentages and the extent of the smooth work of the mobile teams while they are updating the voters’ data in preparation for the next election event.

♦ MoUs

In terms of joint coordination & cooperation, IHEC( the Independent High Electoral Commission), has signed several memorandums of understanding (MoUs) and collaboration agreements with the ministries and independent bodies in Iraq, in order to establish a mutual cooperation relationship between the two parties to support the commission’s work and preparations for the upcoming parliamentary elections.

Work continues in this side, as the Commission held several meetings with Ministries of both, Defense and Finance, during which they studied the articles of the joint draft memorandum of cooperation, from administrative and legal aspects; to reach a formula agreed upon by both parties.

♦The Supreme Security Committee for Elections

The committee continues holding its periodic meetings to ensure the safety of the electoral process, and monitor the security situation in light of the Corona pandemic and exempt IHEC employees from the curfew, in addition to increasing the security forces accompanying the mobile teams on the days of the curfew when they roam the regions to update citizens’ data in preparation for the upcoming electoral process.

Spokesperson’s office

4th, march, 2021

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