Today, Sunday, The Independent High Electoral Commission announced on Sunday, that the nomination for the upcoming parliamentary elections has closed permanently, while pointing out that announcing the preliminary results will be within 24 hours at the end of the polling time.
IHEC said in a statement, received by the Iraqi News Agency (INA), that with the approval of the Council of Commissioners on the final numbers of the general polling centers that reached to (8273) centers and the general polling stations that number (55,041) stations, IHEC revealed that the general voter register included (24,029. 927) voters, including the new added voters who born in the years of (2001.2002.2003), whose number is (988.435) voters.
Earlier, IHEC formed a committee, headed by a member of the Board of Commissioners and a number of specialized employees, that visited the camps of IDPs to count their numbers for the purpose of biometric registration as their number reached to (120.126). In addition to (1,079,288) special voters, who were registered biometrically, and their names and numbers were certified by their security institutions.
After the end of the period of submitting withdraw petitions started from the 13th to the 20th of June 2021; the Board of Commissioners studies the withdrawal requests to determine their compliance with the terms and instructions, which are (103) requests concerning the upcoming parliamentary elections, if their withdrawal is accepted, they are not allowed to nominate again either as an individual, or being with another list.
In the same aspect, the Board of Commissioners excluded number of candidates by unenforceable decisions based on the investigations that verify their eligibility, as follows: -
(5 candidates, stated by the Federal Integrity Commission), (5 candidates for the invalidity of their academic documents as reported from the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, and Education ministry ) It was received from the Ministries of Education and Higher Education, in addition to exclude 17 candidates for not submitting their academic documents or completing the application documents), (5 military candidates, for being affiliated with the Ministry of Defense), and (40) candidates were excluded according to a response from the of Criminal Evidence Investigation Directorate ).
Those excluded according to the decisions of the Board have the right to lodge appeal before the Electoral Judicial Panel based on the Article 20/First of IHEC’s Law No. 31 of 2019.
The Board gave the right to political parties and alliances to replace their candidates within three days from the date of informing them of exclusion, on the condition to return the excluded candidate instead of the substituted one, in case of obtaining a favorable decision from the specialized judicial authority , which Rescission of decision nine (9) decisions to exclude candidates, while it approved the decisions of the Board of Commissioners to exclude (9) other candidates out of (35) lodged appeals.
The BoC also excluded (5) deceased candidates, and did not allow the party or political alliance to substitute them for the end of the candidacy period.
As for the candidates who were not allowed by the National Commission for Accountability and Justice, to participate in the upcoming parliamentary elections; IHEC will receive the outcome of appeals within a maximum period of time at the end of official working hours on Wednesday, 30/6/2021.