Iraq agrees to foreign monitors for parliamentary polls

Updated - May 21, 2016 08:00 am IST

Published - April 03, 2014 03:50 pm IST - Cairo

Iraq’s electoral commission has approved applications from 667 foreign observers to monitor the country’s parliamentary elections on April 30.

“The commission will continue to accredit international observers because their role is important to ensure that the election process is more transparent and fair,” Sirbest Mustafa, the commission’s head, said Thursday.

Around 9,040 candidates are vying for the 328 parliamentary seats.

The vote comes amid rising sectarian violence and political tensions in Iraq.

The next parliament will elect a new prime minister and president.

Outgoing Prime Minister Nuri al—Maliki is seeking a third term, with his Shiite—led government facing increasing opposition from the Sunni—majority provinces.

Many members of Iraq’s Sunni community complain that the Shiite authorities discriminate against them, especially through anti—terrorism arrest campaigns and a law that bans members of the former ruling Baath party from holding public office.

Iraq has seen almost daily attacks in recent months, believed to have been carried out by Sunni militants targeting security personnel and the Shiite majority.

According to UN estimates, 8,868 people were killed in violent incidents in 2013, Iraq’s highest annual death toll in five years.

0 / 0
Sign in to unlock member-only benefits!
  • Access 10 free stories every month
  • Save stories to read later
  • Access to comment on every story
  • Sign-up/manage your newsletter subscriptions with a single click
  • Get notified by email for early access to discounts & offers on our products
Sign in


Comments have to be in English, and in full sentences. They cannot be abusive or personal. Please abide by our community guidelines for posting your comments.

We have migrated to a new commenting platform. If you are already a registered user of The Hindu and logged in, you may continue to engage with our articles. If you do not have an account please register and login to post comments. Users can access their older comments by logging into their accounts on Vuukle.