ERBIL— The United Nations' Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) urged on Sunday the Iraqi lawmakers to select a new Board of Commissioners for the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) before its term expires in September this year.
UNAMI announced the demand in a statement in which it called for expediting and completing the selection of a new Board "to ensure a seamless transition and the continuation of the democratic process in Iraq."
The UN agency also, referring to some provisions of the IHEC law, encourages the Iraqi House of Representatives "to ensure the representation of women and minorities in the new IHEC Board of Commissioners."
"The representation of women and minorities is in line with relevant constitutional and electoral provisions and is consistent with Iraq’s international obligations."
" Furthermore, UNAMI believes that such inclusive IHEC Board of Commissioners will not only be responding to the aspirations of millions of Iraqis, but will also be an important step towards holding transparent and acceptable upcoming elections," reads the statement.
The UN agency also reiterated its willingness to offer technical advice and support on selection of the new board as part of its mandate.