ERBIL — The Kurdistan Region is unlikely to be able to hold its parliamentary elections on time due to technical Issues, the region's electoral commission said on Thursday.
The mandate of the Kurdistan Region's Independent High Elections and Referendum Commission (IHERC) has expired since December 20, 2019, and to renew its mandate, Kurdish lawmakers need to pass a new law.
Meanwhile, the current parliamentary term will end on November 6, 2022. Therefore, the vote is expected to be held before that date. Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani earlier this year decreed that the next elections must be held on 1st of October.
However, Shorish Hassan, a spokesperson for the IHERC, said in a statement that the parliament is yet to renew the mandate of the commission so it can start the preparations for the election.
He further pointed out that once the mandate is renewed, the Kurdish president should set a new date for holding the elections, which "should not" be less than six months prior to the vote.