Monday, 27 February 2012 03:00

UN Special Representative Martin Kobler Hails IHEC Contribution to Promoting Democracy in Iraq

Baghdad- 27 February 2012- During his visit to the Independent High Electoral Commission of Iraq, (IHEC), United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) Martin Kobler highlighted the Commission’s central role in enhancing the democratic process in Iraq. عربي كوردی


“There cannot be democracy without elections, and since its establishment in 2007, IHEC has been fulfilling its constitutional mandate to plan, administer and conduct elections”, SRSG Kobler said in a meeting today with the Board of Commissioners of the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC.) “Your efforts have created a solid foundation for your successors to ensure the rights of Iraqi voters to choose their leaders and policies in a fair, legal process”.


In the IHEC meeting, SRSG Kobler encouraged the Council of Representatives to select a new Board of Commissioners, in accordance with the Electoral Law, before the expiration of the current Board’s term in April 2012.


SRSG Kobler praised the professionalism of the IHEC staff, in Baghdad and the Governorates’ Electoral Offices commended the sacrifices of IHEC staff including those killed and injured for the cause of democracy in Iraq. “IHEC’s professional staff is a valuable resource for the future of elections. It should be retained and supported as it continues to build its capacity to professionally deliver upcoming elections” SRSG Kobler said.


“Iraq and its people can take pride at the fact that IHEC has emerged as a model for most countries in the region and it’s expertise was solicited by a number of countries who invited Iraqi commissioners and staff to observe their elections”, SRSG Kobler stated.


The Kurdistan Region Governorate Council Elections, scheduled to take place on 27 September 2012 , are the next elections to take place in Iraq, followed by governorate councils’ elections nation-wide in early 2013.


Since 2004, the United Nations has supported seven major electoral events in Iraq. “We are currently working with IHEC on the Kurdistan Region governorate elections and will continue to provide technical advice to our IHEC counterparts. Our objective is to contribute to further strengthening and consolidating a professional and sustainable electoral administration in Iraq”, concluded SRSG Kobler.

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