Sources: Iraq poll commission quits over ‘interference’
All of Iraq's election commissioners presented their resignations to parliament Tuesday in a collective protest over political and judicial 'interference'
All of Iraq's election commissioners presented their resignations to parliament Tuesday in a collective protest over political and judicial "interference" in upcoming legislative polls, sources told AFP.
The Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) commissioners were in particular frustrated with judicial decisions to bar candidates from taking part in the April 30 elections, the sources said.
"We presented our resignations because of interference," an IHEC commissioner told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity.
An aide to another commissioner confirmed the news.
A diplomatic source said, meanwhile, the commissioners quit over judicial and political interference.
"They are very frustrated with this electoral judicial panel... excluding candidates, while IHEC has not excluded anybody," the source said on condition of anonymity.
"They are very unhappy with judicial interference, with political interference," the source said.
The resignations still have to be approved by parliament, the diplomatic source added.
Insecurity could hit Iraq provincial poll: Election officialSecurity concerns sparked by anti-government rallies in mostly-Sunni areas of Iraq in recent weeks could hamper provincial polls due in April, a top ... News
Election candidate among 10 dead in Iraq attacksAttacks north of Iraqi capital on Sunday killed at least 10 people, including a provincial elections candidate and six policemen, the latest in an ... Middle East
High female voter turnout in Iraq’s local electionsThe current political scene in Iraq is appearing to encourage Iraqi women in the Anbar and Ninawa provinces to participate more than before in the ... Variety
Will Iranian election sway Iraq’s path to democracy?The forthcoming Iranian presidential elections will inevitably cast its influence on neighboring Iraq. However, its impact will more likely be seen as ... Iran Elections 2013