Baghdad, 10 September 2012 – The Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq, Mr. Martin Kobler, today urged all political forces in the Council of Representatives to reach agreement on the selection of the new Board of Commissioners of the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) and find a solution that serves the legitimate democratic aspirations of the Iraqi people.
“IHEC is the most important guarantee of holding free and fair elections in Iraq, fundamental for safeguarding and sustaining the democratic process,” Mr. Kobler emphasized. “The next elections due in Iraq - in early 2013 and in 2014 - can only be held on time if the new IHEC is selected without further delay. I call on the parties to make integrity, competence and independence the main criteria for selecting the Board of Commissioners, in accordance with Iraqi law.”
It is worth mentioning that only 60 applicants remain on the shortlist. The Council of Representatives should select the new Board of Commissioners from this list. In accordance with the IHEC Law, the Council of Representatives should "give due consideration to women’s representation".
A delegation from UNAMI, headed by the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq for Political Affairs, Mr. Gyorgy Busztin, also met with the Speaker of the Council of Representatives, Mr. Osama Al-Nujaifi, today. They stressed to him the necessity for the political parties to expedite the debate over the composition of the Board of Commissioners and to select a new body without any further delay in order to ensure the timely organization of upcoming elections.