Iraqi PM, UN Envoy Discuss October Elections
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Iraqi PM, UN Envoy Discuss October Elections

ERBIL — Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi on Wednesday received Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Iraq, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, to discuss the ongoing preparations for the parliamentary elections scheduled for October.

Kadhimi briefed the UN envoy on the preparations for the parliamentary vote which is set for 10th October 2021, shedding light on his government's "relentless" efforts to ensure the success of the electoral process and secure efficient popular participation in the polls.

The two further emphasized on keeping the channels between the Iraqi government and United Nations open and provide facilities to the international observation teams who are expected to operate during the elections.

Earlier on Tuesday, Hennis-Plasschaert renewed her call on the Iraqi political parties to ensure the transparency and credibility of the election in the country.

She also emphasized that "the world is watching closely. Like the Iraqi people, nobody wishes to see a repetition of the events in 2018. In other words, the importance of credible Iraqi elections is widely recognized."

Meanwhile, as part of the UN’s assistance to Iraq in holding the parliamentary vote, Hennis-Plasschaert pointed out that "130 additional international experts are in the process of being deployed to monitor in advance of – and on – Election Day. They come with around 600 additional supporting staff.

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