Watchdog group to assign 3000 observers to
Kurdistan region 'Iraq', — Yusif
Hama-Salih, the manager of Rozh Network declared
that they will seriously watch the elections and
will disseminate the reports of the results inside
and outside the country.
"We will collect data and watch the elections by PVT
system, the most sophisticated and developed kind of
observation and data dissemination system, which is
to be introduced in the Middle East for the first
time", he said.
Rozh Network which embraces almost 80 NGOs, was
founded in Amman in 2004.
It watched the 2005 and 2009 elections in Iraq and
Kurdistan, apart from its participation in watching
the presidential elections of Poland and Yemen, and
the parliamentary elections of Lebanon.
Hama-Salih believed that the Iraqi Independent High
Electoral Commission (IHEC), in cooperation with the
NGOs and the international observers, can avoid
fraud, violations and interference in the elections
and pave the way for a transparent elections
"Besides, all the rival political entities in the
elections will have their own representatives in all
the elections bases",www.ekurd.net
said Hama-Salih, "And
this in itself is a guarantee for avoiding swindle".
"Many officers of the commission are impartial
people and work independently", he added, commenting
on the rumor that the officers of the IHEC support
the parties in authority.
Despite the word that many foreigner observers,
apart from the 100 countries who will send their
people to watch the elections in Kurdistan, an
official from one of the participating lists in the
elections believed that the presence of these
observers to watch the elections cannot avoid
rigging the results of the elections.
"This is because Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP)
and Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) will not let
the international and local observers to watch the
elections as it ought to be", said the official "so,
the observers cannot avoid fraud",.
However, Hama-Salih stated that in the previous
elections there was no obstacle for the observers
and they watched the elections freely.
This time the elections in Kurdistan will be quite
different from the previous elections as the
greatest number of the observers will be available
to watch the process. At the same time, the
officials of IHEC have declared that they have taken
firm measures to avoid rigging the results.
"We have trained three thousand people to watch the
elections by PVT system which is the newest and the
most developed system of surveillance in the Middle
East. We will continually train them by holding
workshops and then we will distribute them among the
election bases, Zakho through Kfri", Hama-Salih
stated, adding "We have a subtle plan for this
Recently, during the beginning of the elections
campaign, the IHEC has received dozens of complaints
from the participating lists.
"We observe not only the elections on its due date
but all the stages of the process till the end. All
over the world the elections campaign is not totally
perfect and free from shortcomings. There will be
complaints. We advise the lists to respect the rules
and laws of the commission and consider the feelings
of their rivals and people into account so that they
can achieve their votes",www.ekurd.net
Parliamentary and presidential elections in
Kurdistan region in Iraq's north will take place on July 25.
Five alliances and 16 parties are competing for 111
seats in the region’s Parliament.
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