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Iraq: Al-Kazemi urges citizens to vote in parliamentary elections

AA / Baghdad / Ibrahim Saleh

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kazemi on Sunday urged his country’s citizens to vote in the early parliamentary elections next month.

The appeal comes two weeks before the election date scheduled for October 10.

In a tweet posted on “Twitter”, Al-Kazemi addressed the Iraqis saying: “I urge you to hurry to get the voter card for your future and that of your children.”

“Do not waste your votes, anyone seeking reform and improvement must work towards broad participation in the elections,” added the Iraqi prime minister.

Al-Kazemi also noted in his tweet “your voices are the future of Iraq”.

The voter card has an electronic chip that contains personal information, and the voter is only entitled to vote through this card.

The current parliamentary session was supposed to end in 2022, but political parties had decided to hold early elections after widespread popular protests toppled the previous government led by Adel Abdul-Mahdi in late 2019.

Confidence was given to the new government led by Al-Kazemi in May 2020 to handle the transition phase, leading to early elections.

As of July 31, the (official) Independent High Electoral Commission announced that 3,249 candidates representing 21 coalitions and 109 parties, as well as independents, were vying for the 329 seats in the Iraqi parliament.

* Translated from Arabic by Hend Abdessamad

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