Awaiting federal court verdict
Electoral commission says no further delays to Kurdistan elections yet
ERBIL – Jumana Ghalai, the spokesperson for Iraq’s Independent High Electoral Commission, has confirmed that there are currently no plans to further delay the Kurdistan parliament elections.
Amid speculation that the elections for the Kurdistan Parliament could face another postponement, possibly until Sept., Ghalai made it clear to 964media, “The Board of Commissioners has not reached a decision to delay the elections until Sept.”
“The Federal Court’s ruling on the challenge to the Kurdistan Parliament election law will be pivotal in determining if the elections will be pushed back,” she stated.
Amanj Aziz, the Director General of the commission’s Sulaymaniyah office, informed 964media: “We await the Federal Court’s verdict tomorrow on the challenge to the Kurdistan Parliament election law. This ruling will be crucial in deciding whether the elections will go ahead, affecting the scheduling of the election date.”
Despite the commission’s readiness and ongoing efforts, Aziz noted that an unresolved appeal and potential postponement could impact the setting of the election date.
The situation remains in limbo as the Federal Court of Iraq is scheduled to reconvene on Sunday to review the appeal against specific aspects of the Kurdistan Parliament election law. It has delayed the verdict on the case multiple times.
Originally set for Oct. 2022, the Kurdistan parliament elections have been postponed multiple times due to political and legal disputes over the election law. Following discussions with the Presidency of the Region, it was agreed to hold the elections between May 19-30.