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Post by Ponee Wed Mar 26, 2014 7:58 am

Iraq electoral commission resigns en masse weeks before vote
 
BAGHDAD Tue Mar 25, 2014 4:34pm EDT
 
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The entire board of Iraq's electoral commission tendered its resignation on Tuesday in protest against political interference, casting doubt on a nationwide vote scheduled for next month.
 
The Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) said it had found itself caught between conflicting rulings from parliament and the judiciary regarding the exclusion of certain candidates from the election, due on April 30.
 
IHEC's sudden move further complicates the outlook for a vote already clouded by violence across the country where Sunni Islamist militants have regained momentum over the past year.
 
"The commission is subject to intense pressures resulting from the conflict between the legislative and judiciary powers," it said in a statement.
 
"In order to get out of this vicious circle, the members of the electoral commission have taken the decision to present their resignation collectively."
 
The statement said the conflict stemmed from divergent interpretations of the electoral law, which includes a clause allowing for candidates "of ill repute" to be barred from taking part.
 
Critics of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki have accused him of using the law to eliminate his political rivals to help clear the way for his third term.
 
 
The statement said the resignations, tendered in order to preserve the commission's "independence and professionalism", were pending approval from the head of the IHEC.
 
(Reporting by Raheem Salman; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)
 
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Post by Ponee Wed Mar 26, 2014 8:29 am

Legal expert: the resignation of the Board of Commissioners need to House vote
03/25/2014



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integrity newspaper - said legal expert Haider mystic, that the resignation of the members of the Board of Commissioners of the Independent High Commission for Elections, need to vote by the Iraqi Council of Representatives, and without the vote is not considered legal.The mystic in a statement seen by (the newspaper of integrity) that "the Iraqi Council of Representatives is the one who approved the appointment of members of the Board of Commissioners in the Commission, and that the resignations need to be approved by the House of Representatives as well," explaining that "submission of resignation to the President of the Commission are not considered legal only with the consent and approval the House of Representatives. "He added the Mystic, "upon the arrival of the letter of resignation to the council last session will be held to discuss this book," expected to "House of Representatives did not agree to resign because of the proximity of the election, and that the acceptance of the resignation would hurt the electoral process and postpone hold them."It was, members of the Board of Commissioners of the Electoral Commission for elections, have submitted a mass resignation of the President of the Council Serbst Mustafa Rashid, were opposed to the dispute and in contradiction to the decisions of the legislature and the judiciary, in order to preserve its independence and not to succumb to the pressure. Ended 4 http://goo.gl/hVlivi

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Post by Ponee Wed Mar 26, 2014 8:48 am

Urgent coalition of citizen voices concern over the resignation of the members of the Board of Commissioners and invite them to reverse their decision
03/25/2014




{Baghdad: Euphrates News} issued a citizen's coalition issued a statement expressing deep concern over the decision of the members of the Board of Commissioners of the Electoral Commission for elections to provide a mass resignation.

A statement by a coalition of citizen received and Euphrates News Agency {} copy of it today, "We have continued a coalition of citizen with deep concern the decision of the members of the Board of Commissioners of the Electoral Commission for elections by presenting the mass resignation arguing their decision being subjected to pressures stemming from the conflict between the legislative and judicial branches in the nature of the decisions of them" .

He added: "In recognition of the importance of the stage and severity of the decision has deliberated the political body for the coalition of citizen Thread urgently and found the need to stress that the House of Representatives is the legislative and regulatory supreme in the country and the owner of the exclusive jurisdiction to issue laws and decrees with legislative in nature and not in front of the concerned authorities but to abide by it, and we at a time when stress it on the call on the key stakeholders in the need to apply the law and the Constitution applied fairly to everyone without discrimination for any reason, and claim all the authorities and the relevant authorities not to interfere in the work of the Commission, including upset or hurt the independence and impartiality and professionalism, and call upon the Commission the need to maintain it to ensure the electoral process fair and transparent translate the will of the voters as they are. "


The statement continued, "Given the circumstance delicate and fateful experienced by the country, especially as we embark on the election event is important, we call on the members of the Board of Commissioners of the need to reverse the decision to resign because the move this decision will mean both directly and indirectly to postpone the elections, which will generate a constitutional void may enter the country in the conditions can not be predicted their results. "



And went on, "as members of the Board of Commissioners put in front of their national responsibilities and legitimate, legal, and I hope they do and do not take them in the right for anybody as long."

And seal a coalition of citizen's statement certainly on the "need to hold legislative elections scheduled timing nor specified in the thirtieth month of next April, and not accepting postponed under any pretext."
The members of the Board of Commissioners of the Electoral Commission for elections today resigned en masse to the President of the Board of Commissioners to protest against what they described as the pressures they are exposed to and stemming from the conflict between the legislative and judicial branches in the nature of the decisions of each hand, and on the interpretation of paragraph 3 of Article 8 of the Electoral Act No. 45 for the year 2013, obliges each point where the application of the Commission decisions in spite of the conflict with the decisions of the other side. "ended
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Post by Ponee Wed Mar 26, 2014 10:30 am

Iraq election chiefs quit as attacks kill 37
03/26/2014
 
 
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BAGHDAD: The board of Iraq's electoral commission resigned en masse on Tuesday in protest at political and judicial "interference", throwing a general election due next month into disarray.The sudden decision comes with doubts already swirling over whether the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) could organise polling nationwide on April 30 with anti-government fighters in control of a city on Baghdad's doorstep.
 
Much is at stake in the election, as Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki bids for a third term with his security credentials thrown into question by a surge in violence to levels not seen since 2008, with 37 more people killed on Tuesday.

The nine-member IHEC board handed in its resignation in protest at what it said were conflicting rulings from parliament and the judiciary on the barring of would-be candidates for the election.

"The commission is today caught between two authorities the legislative and the judicial and the two have issued contradictory decisions," IHEC spokesman Safa al-Mussawi told AFP.

"We are stuck in the middle, so we have decided to resign." An aide to IHEC chairman Sarbat Rashid told AFP that he backed the decision. An IHEC board member, who did not want to be identified, said the same.

"They are very frustrated with this judicial panel for the elections excluding candidates," a diplomatic source said on condition of anonymity.

"They are very unhappy with judicial interference, with political interference." The resignations still have to be approved by parliament, the source added.

Several candidates have been barred in recent weeks on the grounds of alleged ties to now executed dictator Saddam Hussein's Baath party.

But a greater source of frustration for the IHEC board has been the exclusion of scores of hopefuls on the basis of what critics say is a vague provision in Iraq's electoral law that requires that parliamentary hopefuls be "of good reputation".

Those barred, who include former finance minister Rafa al-Essawi, a Maliki opponent, have no obvious avenue of appeal against the judicial panel's decision.

Parliament has meanwhile reportedly ruled that IHEC must not bar any candidates unless they have criminal convictions, a decision the IHEC spokesman said was at odds with that of the judicial panel.

'Message not to interfere':

It was not immediately clear what impact the resignation of the IHEC board would have on next month's election, which all major parties are agreed must take place on schedule.

One analyst said the resignations themselves were unlikely to disrupt the timetable. "The election will go ahead on time, whatever the situation, because there is no way parliament will approve these resignations," said Ihsan al-Shammari, a politics professor at Baghdad University.

"The resignations are a message to the two authorities not to interfere in their work," he said. "The conflict between the two authorities has put pressure on IHEC and forced them to present their resignations."

The looming vote has been a factor in the rising bloodshed in recent months, analysts and diplomats say. Maliki and other political leaders have been determined to be seen to take a hard line against militants.

But despite widely trumpeted operations against insurgents, bloodletting has continued, with more than 400 people killed so far this month, and upwards of 2,100 this year, according to an AFP tally.

On Tuesday alone, 37 people were killed nationwide, including eight who were killed in a gun attack on an army patrol and 15 others who were killed in car bombs in and around the capital.

The April 30 poll is also seen as opportunity to break years of political deadlock between Maliki and his opponents, which has resulted in little significant legislation being passed.
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Post by Goldiegirl Wed Mar 26, 2014 12:12 pm

Holy Moly, save the drama for your mamma!!!

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Post by Jayzze Wed Mar 26, 2014 12:30 pm

they only thing  by them resigning is possibly  stalling the election and the beat goes on
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Post by Ponee Wed Mar 26, 2014 1:49 pm

Pressure on Iraq election law after poll chiefs quit
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Iraqis walk past an election poster fronted by Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki (R) on March 25, 2014, in Baghdad, ahead of the parliamentary elections in April 2014. PHOTO/AHMAD AL-RUBAYE



BAGHDAD: Election officials pushed Wednesday for reform of Iraq's election law after polling chiefs suddenly handed in their resignations complaining of parliamentary and judicial interference, throwing next month's vote into disarray.

Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki warned that failure to resolve the crisis could delay the general election and send Iraq into a "tunnel we might not be able to get out of".

Doubts are already swirling over whether the polls -- currently set for April 30 -- could even be held nationwide as anti-government fighters still control a city on Baghdad's doorstep.

Much is at stake in the election, as Maliki bids for a third term with his security credentials badly damaged by a surge in violence to levels not seen since 2008, while the country looks to rebuild its conflict-battered economy and dramatically boost oil production.

Hours after the Independent High Electoral Commission's nine-member board collectively handed in their resignations on Tuesday, IHEC's chairman said amending a disputed article in Iraq's election law could provide a way out.

"If there is any problem, they (parliament) have to amend it through legislation," Sarbat Rashid told AFP, after holding talks with diplomats from the UN mission to Iraq, the US embassy, and the European Union mission, as well as parliament speaker Osama al-Nujaifi.

IHEC's board has in particular been frustrated with what critics say is a vague provision in Iraq's electoral law that requires parliamentary hopefuls to be "of good reputation".

Based on that article, a judicial panel has barred several prospective lawmakers, including Maliki opponents such as former finance minister Rafa al-Essawi, with no obvious avenue of appeal.

Parliament has meanwhile reportedly ruled that IHEC must not bar any candidates unless they have criminal convictions, a decision an IHEC spokesman said was at odds with that of the judicial panel.

A diplomatic source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that while the resignations had been submitted to parliament, "I do not expect that parliament will accept them, because the timing is critical for elections."

"Most likely, what IHEC would like to have done, they would like the article to be amended."

"IHEC's problem is that they are squeezed between the judicial panel and the parliament, and they are trying to extract themselves."

The diplomat said because the resignations were unlikely to be accepted by parliament, elections were likely to still go ahead next month.

- Maliki urges fast amendment -

But the mere prospect of a postponement has sparked concern, with Maliki warning in his weekly televised address that "if IHEC stays this way, that means ... the election will be delayed."

"We will enter a tunnel we might not be able to get out of," the premier said. "Troubles will come, one after another, against the state."

Maliki called for IHEC to withdraw the resignations, and urged parliament to pass an amendment to the law "as fast as possible".

The looming vote has been a factor in the rising bloodshed in recent months, analysts and diplomats say.

Maliki and other Shiite political leaders have been determined to be seen to take a hard line against militants, rather than reach out to the Sunni Arab minority in a bid to undercut long-term support for militancy.

But despite widely trumpeted operations against insurgents, bloodletting has continued, with more than 450 people killed so far this month, and upwards of 2,100 this year, according to an AFP tally.

And anti-government fighters have held control of the Sunni city of Fallujah, which lies just a short drive from Baghdad, for more than two months.
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