ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – The Kurdistan Region’s Independent High Elections and Referendum Commission (IHERC) has reaffirmed that the upcoming parliamentary elections will be held on time.
In a press conference on Sunday, the spokesperson for the IHERC’s Commissioners Council, Ismail Khurmali, reiterated that the Kurdistan Region’s parliamentary elections would be held on Sept. 30 as scheduled.
He added that the electoral campaign starts on Sept. 11 and that the political parties and electoral lists are free to launch their campaigns at midnight.
According to Khurmali, the IHERC’s Commissioners Council has approved the names of candidates.
Last week, Kurdistan’s electoral commission decided to postpone the start of the election campaign for one week, shortening the campaigning period from one month to 25 days as it was set to begin on Sept. 5
Meanwhile, Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani told reporters during a press conference on Sunday that the political parties have no issue with holding the elections on the scheduled date.
Barzani, who is second in charge at the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), previously said his bloc was firmly against any postponement.
“Our position as the government is that the election will take place on the given date.”
Editing by Karzan Sulaivany