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Iraq | Iraqi Presidencies Underscores Necessary Action to Ensures Fair and Free Election

Iraq's President Barham Salih received Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi, Speaker of the Parliament Mohammed al-Halbouosi, the Head of the Supreme Judicial Council, Chief Justice Faiq Zidan, Iraqi Foreign Minister, Fouad Hussein, members and the Head of IHEC and UN Special Representative, Ms. Jeanine Hennis- Plasschaert.

During the meeting which was held at the Baghdad Palace, participants discussed the next federal elections.

They highlighted the need to take all the necessary action that will help conduct an early election, and to these ends, we have to create the optimal conditions for securing elections that will bring more credibility to elections' results.

This means that elections would reflect the Iraqis' will to choose their representatives without fear of forgery, manipulation and the exertion of pressure on voters, they said.

The election outcome will be in line with the popular will of the Iraqi people and full faith in choosing their representatives in the government and Iraqi parliament, they added.

They also stressed the importance of increasing biometric voter registration.

We have to work to develop mechanisms that help to use a card with a digital chip containing voters’ personal information in the next elections, they stated.