Iraqi Parliament approves election date, confirms May 12 announcement
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan 24) – The Iraqi Parliament on Monday approved the previously announced date for the upcoming parliamentary election, confirming they will be held on May 12.
After organizing its third meeting on the matter, the Iraqi Parliament by majority vote approved the elections to be held in May. It took lawmakers in Baghdad three days to convene and decide on the date.
The vote was passed with 206 lawmakers out of total 328 in attendance. Iraq is also planning to hold provincial elections, but it has yet to be discussed in parliament.
The vote came one day after the Iraqi Federal Court ruled that any changes to the election date would be unconstitutional, despite calls by major Sunni blocs in Baghdad to postpone the elections for at least a year.
The Iraqi Parliament also asked the Federal Government of Iraq to ensure the proper conditions and security measures are in place in time for the elections and urged it to help internally displaced people return to their areas.
Despite the declaration of Iraq’s final victory of the Islamic State (IS) and the country having been fully liberated, millions of people have yet to return to their homes.
The Kurdistan Region is host to 1.5 million Syrian refugees and Iraqis who mostly fled from the Nineveh, Salahaddin, and Kirkuk provinces.
Editing by Nadia Riva