ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan24) – The Kurdistan Region’s Independent High Electoral and Referendum Commission (IHERC) said on Monday it is ready to hold presidential and parliamentary elections in due time.
The current term of the Kurdistan Region Parliament will be over on Nov. 11, 2017, and the parliamentary elections are required to be held on the same day.
Jutiyar Adil a member of the IHERC told Kurdistan24 that the electoral commission had made its preparations for the next parliamentary elections but was waiting for the Kurdistan Region President’s final decision.
Adil added that two months ahead of the elections, as mentioned in the Kurdistan Presidency law, the president should instruct the IHERC to hold elections.
Regarding the possibility of holding presidential and parliamentary elections and independence referendum, Adil said that the IHERC’s staff are complete, stating that they are now working on finalizing the list of the voters for both the elections and the referendum and will provide necessary and developed technology for both processes.
According to the IHERC official, extensive efforts have been made to hold the independence referendum alongside the parliamentary and presidential elections.
“The IHERC set a date, but it is better if the referendum and the elections are held together,” Adil told Kurdistan24.
The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has recently allocated 22 million USD to IHERC for holding the parliamentary and presidential elections as well as the independence referendum.
The two leading Kurdish parties, the Kurdistan Democratic Party and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, have already discussed the referendum and have sent a delegation to discuss the matter with Baghdad.
Two separate delegations met with the local parties and foreign diplomats in the Kurdistan Region.
Editing by Ava Homa