Federal Supreme Court to decide on lawsuit filed by PM Barzani

On May 6, Prime Minister Masrour Barzani, represented by lawyer Ayad Kakayi, filed a lawsuit with the Federal Court against the Chairman of the Board of Iraq's Independent High Electoral Commission.
KRG PM Masrour Barzani. (Photo: Kurdistan 24)
KRG PM Masrour Barzani. (Photo: Kurdistan 24)

Erbil (Kurdistan 24) - The Federal Supreme Court (FSC) is scheduled to meet today, Sunday, to decide on a lawsuit submitted by Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Masrour Barzani concerning the Kurdistan Parliament elections.

On May 6, Prime Minister Masrour Barzani, represented by lawyer Ayad Kakeyi, filed a lawsuit with the Federal Court against the Chairman of the Board of Iraq's Independent High Electoral Commission.

The lawsuit challenges the reduction of seats in the Kurdistan Regional Parliament to 100 representatives, the cancellation of seats for 11 minority components, and the "unconstitutional" division of electoral districts.

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On February 21, 2024, the Federal Court issued several decisions regarding the Kurdistan Regional Elections Law, including:

1. Iraq's Independent High Electoral Commission is responsible for conducting and supervising the sixth round of parliamentary elections in the Kurdistan Region, replacing the Kurdistan Regional Commission for Referendum and Elections.

2. The Kurdistan Region will be divided into four electoral constituencies instead of one.

3. The 11 quota seats were abolished, deemed unconstitutional, reducing the total number of seats in the Kurdistan Parliament from 111 to 100.

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On March 3, 2023, the President of the Kurdistan Region, Nechirvan Barzani, issued a decree setting June 10, 2024 as the date for holding parliamentary elections in the region.

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On Monday March 18, the KDP Political Bureau issued a statement addressing Iraq's current situation, Erbil-Baghdad relations, Kurdistan's parliamentary elections, and Federal Court decisions.

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They emphasized, "Here, we hold the parties of the state administration coalition accountable for their national responsibility in implementing the constitution and all aspects of the political and administrative agreement to establish the current Iraqi government under the leadership of Mr. Mohammed Shia al-Sudani; otherwise, we cannot proceed with the political process."

The KDP Political Bureau highlighted the importance of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) not accepting unconstitutional decisions and imposed systems, stating, "Elections should not be held under an imposed system.

"Before the Board of Commissioners issued a decision on May 8, suspending the technical and financial procedures for the Kurdistan Regional Parliament elections until the case pending before the Federal Supreme Court is resolved.