Electoral Commission prohibits ex-member of KRG parliament from voting

An ex-member of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has been told by the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) that he will not be able to vote in this election season due to issues with his voter card.

ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – An ex-member of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has been told by the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) that he will not be able to vote in this election season due to issues with his voter card.

The IHEC mistakenly put a woman’s photo on the voter card of Sarwar Abdulrahman, a former member of parliament in the third election rounds in the KRG.

“I said it a long time ago that the IHEC was a mess. The elections and the fate of the political situation of a country are in their hands, but their work is full of mistakes,” he stated.

Abdulrahman’s card is still not fixed despite visiting the IHEC center to address various problems with the voter card multiple times, according to a statement he made on social media.

“On April 18, to get my card back, I revisited the commission, but when they found my card, it looked odd. Neither my name, age nor my Coupon Number was fixed. Even stranger was the fact the picture was one of a woman’s instead of mine,” he explained.

Abdulrahman said that at one of the IHEC centers he was told his card would have to be sent back to Baghdad for inspection, and because he had turned in his previous necessary voting documents as well, he would not be able to vote this election season.

He also claims he is planning to sue the IHEC to get back his right to vote.

The Iraqi parliamentary election is scheduled to be held on May 12. A total of 6,904 candidates representing multiple parties are competing to fill 329 seats in Parliament.

Editing by Karzan Sulaivany