INA – BAGHDAD
President of the Republic, Barham Salih, announced on Wednesday, signing the electoral document of conduct, in the presence of Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi and leaders of political blocs.
"President Salih, hosted at Baghdad Palace an expanded meeting that included PM Al-Kadhimi, leaders and representatives of political forces, the head and members of the Independent High Electoral Commission and the Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Iraq Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert," according to a statement by the media office of the President of the Republic, received by the Iraqi News Agency (INA).
During the meeting, signing of the electoral conduct document was submitted by the Presidency of the Republic regarding the rules that must be adhered to by Iraqi political parties during the electoral process, in order to preserve its peace, integrity and conduct properly.
The document of conduct emphasized avoiding conflicts, increasing public support for electoral practice, protecting candidates and equal opportunities, provided that the document would be presented for public discussion and social activities in all governorates in order to consolidate the electoral process.
“These elections are pivotal and historic as it is based on a national decision to be held early in order to overcome the political crisis that the country went through. The electoral process represents a historic and valuable opportunity to correct the path, correct the march, and move towards the real reform project, which meets the Iraqis' aspirations for a dignified life,” said Salih.
He pointed out that "the electoral document of conduct emphasizes respect for the constitution and legal regulations, creating a safe and stable environment for elections, creating equal opportunities for candidates, adhering to the instructions of the Electoral Commission and preventing negative phenomena that affect the voter's decision from using political money, intimidating citizens, and manipulating the others,"
“The commitment of the political forces in the document will contribute to setting the pace of the electoral process, which will have pivotal consequences,” he declared, explaining that, “the Iraqi people are watching us as well as the international community, and we hope that this responsibility will be fulfilled and that the elections will be a democratic model that we use for the peaceful transfer of power,”