ERBIL — Iraq’s Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) has officially announced the failure of its Kirkuk office in preparing for the October elections with a fair approach towards different ethnicities of the disputed province.
IHEC representatives visited the Kirkuk office of the electoral commission and realized that sectarian policies have heavily impacted the way the office operates and prepares for the upcoming elections.
Jomana Gholay, a spokesperson for the IHEC, said during a press conference that they have decided to introduce drastic changes in the positions of the Kirkuk office so that the new IHEC representatives will respect the will of the people of Kirkuk.
He noted that the electoral commission should remain independent and reflect the voice of all ethnic and religious groups equally.
Iraq is preparing to hold a snap election on 10 October this year for the 329-seat parliament.