UK Consul General welcomes Kurdish president's decision on new election date
ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – The UK Consul General in the Kurdistan Region, Rosy Cave, on Thursday welcomed Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani's announcement that the parliamentary elections in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq will be held on Feb. 25, 2024.
“The UK has consistently called for elections to happen in a free, fair and inclusive manner without further delay,” Cave said.
“We encourage all parties to participate constructively and for the relevant authorities to ensure they are held on time. This is an important opportunity for the people of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq to engage in the democratic process and exercise their right to vote,” she added
President Nechirvan Barzani signed a decree today to determine the date of the Kurdistan Region parliamentary elections.
According to the decree, and as per the powers given to the President of the Kurdistan Region by the Presidency Law, President Nechirvan Barzani has set Feb. 25, 2024 for the general elections to be held for the sixth term of the Kurdistan Regional Parliament.
The Kurdistan Region Presidency said that the decree obliges all parties concerned to take the necessary steps to cooperate and coordinate with the Iraqi Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) to implement this decree from the date of its issuance.
On Thursday, Dilshad Shahab, spokesperson of the Kurdistan Region Presidency, said at a press conference today in Erbil that the date of the elections was determined after consultations and discussions with the political parties.
Last year, disagreements among Kurdistan Region parties over amending the election law led to the extension of the current Kurdistan Parliament term by one year, which consequently delayed the elections.
The Iraqi Supreme Court recently deemed this extension "unconstitutional."
In response to the court's verdict, Kurdish political parties are now urging for the prompt organization of elections.