The UN calls for fair elections with the participation of national minorities living in Iraqi Kurdistan
The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) called on the political parties of Kurdistan to resolve their differences and accelerate efforts to hold fair parliamentary elections with the participation of national minorities living in Iraqi Kurdistan such as: Yezidis, Assyrians, Persians, Turkmens, Arab Christians.
The President of the Kurdistan Region, Nechirvan Barzani, held a meeting with Kurdish political parties in Erbil, which was also attended by Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, Special Representative of the UNAMI Secretary-General.
Plasschaert spoke about the importance of political parties reaching an agreement on the election and setting a date for the process. She also expressed the full support of the United Nations for the success of the elections.
The Administration of the Kurdistan Region and political parties will continue discussions and preparations for the elections in cooperation with the UNAMI expert group.
Parliamentary elections in the Kurdistan Region, according to a presidential decree issued in February, were scheduled for October 1 this year. However, the voting is unlikely to take place on time due to various legal procedures.