Tuesday, 22 August 2017 07:56

UNAMI Statement on the selection of the IHEC Board of Commissioners

Baghdad, 21 August 2017 - Due to the imminent expiration of the term of the current Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC), Board of Commissioners in September 2017, the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) would like to urge the Council of Representatives to expedite and complete the selection of a new Board to ensure a seamless transition and the continuation of the democratic process in Iraq.



Recalling some of the essential provisions in the Law of the Independent High Electoral Commission (Law No. 11 of 2007), such as Article 3 that requires that the Board of Commissioners “must have expertise and experience in elections and must be known for their competence, integrity and independence taking into consideration women representation” or Article 9 that further requires that “representation of the components of the Iraqi society shall be put into consideration in the formation of the Independent High Electoral Commission”, UNAMI would, inter alia, like to encourage the Council of Representatives to ensure the representation of women and minorities in the new IHEC Board of Commissioners. The representation of women and minorities is in line with relevant constitutional and electoral provisions and is consistent with Iraq’s international obligations. Furthermore, UNAMI believes that such inclusive IHEC Board of Commissioners will not only be responding to the aspirations of millions of Iraqis, but will also be an important step towards holding transparent and acceptable upcoming elections.

In accordance with its mandate, UNAMI stands ready to continue providing technical advice and support based on comparative global experiences on these important issues.


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For more information, please contact: Mr. Khalid Dahab, Deputy Director of Public Information/Deputy Spokesperson
United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq, Phone: +964 790 194 01 46, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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