UN Welcomes Setting Date For Early Elections In Iraq

BAGHDAD, Aug 1 (NNN-NINA) – The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), welcomed Iraqi Prime Minister, Mustafa al-Kadhimi’s announcement, of setting June 6, 2021, a date for early elections.

“Early elections fulfil a key popular demand on the road to greater stability and democracy in Iraq,” UNAMI said in a statement.

It said, the United Nations is ready to provide support and technical advice as requested by Iraq, to ensure “free, fair, and credible elections that win the public’s trust.”

“Properly conducted, credible, free, fair and inclusive elections can re-energise the political system and build public confidence, giving the people a voice and realising their aspirations for better representation,” the statement quoted the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Iraq, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, as saying.

“It is the responsibility of the government, parliament, political parties, and other stakeholders to jointly ensure free, fair and credible elections, in a conducive environment that places the interests of the country above all other considerations,” said Hennis-Plasschaert, who is also UNAMI chief.

Hennis-Plasschaert also said that she is confident that all political parties wish to see a prosperous Iraq, free from crises.

Earlier in the evening, al-Kadhimi said, he set June 6, 2021, as a date for the early elections, which is part of his government’s political programme.

The elections date also needs approval of parliament according to Iraqi law.

Late last year, the Iraqi parliament passed most of the elections draft, but differences remained on a few articles, due to political row among the political blocs.

On May 6, al-Kadhimi was sworn in as the new prime minister of Iraq, following the approval of parliament on most of his cabinet members.– NNN-NINA