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Assyrians Voting in 2010 Iraqi Elections

Mar-06-2010 at 11:38 PM (UTC+3 Nineveh, Assyria)

Last edited on Mar-12-10 at 00:49 AM (UTC3 Assyria)
 
Assyrians Voting in 2010 Iraqi Parliamentary Elections

On March 5th, 6th and 7th, 2010, Iraqis in and outside of Iraq will participate in the Parliamentary election. If you or your parents/grandparents were born in Iraq, you are eligible to cast your vote.

Iraq's Parliament is made up of 325 seats, five (5) of which are designated to Christians.
These are the five slates taking part in the March 7th, 2010 elections.

389 - Al-Rafidain List (Assyrian Democratic Movement, ADM "Zowaa") (in English | in Arabic)

390 - Chaldean Syriac Assyrian Popular Council

391 - Chaldean National Congress

392 - Chaldean Democratic Party Union

394 - Ishtar Democratic List (APP - BNDP - CDF United) Independent

Where to Vote?

For a list of voting stations in your area, visit the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) website which is organizing Out of Country Voting (OCV) for the 2010 Parliamentary elections.

http://www.ocv-ihec.com (in Arabic)

http://www.ocv-ihec.com/EnglishHome.asp (in English)








USA

Chicago, IL
1919 A Pickwick Lane,
Glenview, Illinois 60026 USA

Detroit, MI (1)
Dearborn Tree Manor

5101 Oakman
Dearborn, Michigan 48126 USA

Detroit, MI (2)
Bella Banquets

4100 E. 14 Mile Rd,
Warren, Michigan 48092 USA

Phoenix, AZ
2713 W. Northern Ave.
Phoenix, Arizona 85051 USA

Washington, DC
11810 Sunrise Valley Drive,
Reston, Virginia 20191 USA

San Diego, CA
1340 Broadway,
EL Cajon, California 92021 USA

San Francisco, CA
Alameda county fairgrounds,
4501 Pleasanton Avenue,
Pleasanton, California 94566 USA

Nashville, TN
4527 Nolensville
Pike,
Nashville, Tennessee 37211 USA

Canada

Toronto
1510 Birchmount Road
Toronto, Ontario M1P 2G6 Canada
مزده صالح: Phone: 905-512-3289

London
817 Exeter Road
London, Ontario N6E 1W1 Canada
رائد رحمن Phone: 519-895-1239

Montreal
6500 Cote de Liesse
Montreal, Quebec H4T-1E3 Canada
صلاح نصر الله Phone: 514-582-8185

Ottawa
1800 Bank Street #10
Ottawa, Ontario K1V 0W3 Canada
أحمد صالح محمد Phone: 613-884-6667

Calgary

1316 - 33rd Sreet NE
Calgary, Alberta T2A-6B6 Canada
عبد الحميد علي Phone: 403-714-9777

Vancouver
1205 Pinetree Way
Coquitlam, British Columbia V3B7Y3 Canada
أحمد فنوني Phone: 778-837-6113

Hamilton
Phone: 905-388-5413
نسرين مـــرقص

Editors' Note
If you bring a U.S. Passport, baptism papers from a church in Iraq, and a drivers license, you will not be eligible to vote because there needs to be a genuine Iraqi document of your father included with your documentation.

Eligibility for the Iraqi Elections

Eligible voters need to provide information to prove their Iraqi identity and be born on or before January 31, 1992. Please bring two (2) official documents, with one having your recent picture.

These documents prove you are eligible for voting:

  1. Iraqi original documents:
    a. Civil identification card
    b. Iraqi Nationality Certificate
    c. Iraqi passport (G)
    d. Daftar Al-Nifoos Al-Iraqi
  2. Foreign documents:
    a. Refugee certificate issued by the United Nations
    b. Certificate issued by the Red Cross
    c. Foreign passport

Documents that prove part of eligibility and need another document to supplement the rest of eligibility condition. If you can't prove you are Iraqi, please bring any documents that prove your father is/was an Iraqi citizen.

  1. Iraqi documents:
    a. Iraqi passport (M-A-S-H-N) that proves ID, age and nationality
    b. Ration Card

  2. Foreign documents to prove ID, age and nationality:
    a. Resident document in the foreign country
    b. Drivers License card
    c. Personal ID card
    d. Foreign passport

How to Mark the Ballot
Please ask the Ballot Issuer for help to properly mark your ballot

* The Ballot Issuer explains to the voter how to mark the ballot:
Place a mark (√) in the box next to the political entity you
would like to vote for.

* If you would like to vote for a candidate, place a mark (√) in
the box next to the Candidate number in the candidate area on the left hand side of the ballot paper, in Addition to the mark for the political entity.

* If you place a mark only for a candidate, with no mark for
a political entity, then your vote is invalid.


Share this Information

Please share this information with your family and friends,
and vote together on March 5th, 6th, or 7th 2010.

Related Information

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1. Message Sent To: IHEC-OCV, 2010 Iraqi Elections

Mar-06-2010 at 11:39 PM (UTC+3 Nineveh, Assyria)

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Message Sent On: Friday, 3/5/2010 at 7:18 PM Central Time
Message Sent To: IHEC-OCV, Voting Administration Office.

Republic of Iraq
The Independent High Electoral Commission
Out of Country Voting Administration Office

Phone : يوسف سلمان – قسم الاعلام : 07504611764 - 07709144199
Email : ocv_web @ yahoo.com
Address : Iraq-Erbil 60 Road-Seitakan Khanzad Quater 208

Dear Personnel,

We are currently writing an article on the 2010 Iraqi Elections, specifically dealing with the Out of Country procedures.

We need your helpful information for the following questions:

  1. How were the U.S. voting sites determined for the 2010 Iraqi Elections?
    Specifically, how was the Chicago voting station of 1919 A Pickwick Lane, Glenview, Illinois 60026 USA location selected?
  2. How were the U.S. voting sites determined for the previous Iraqi Election?
    In the previous election, the Assyrian National Council of Illinois was the central voting station for thousands of people in the Chicago and suburban areas. In 2010, it was not selected. Please explain the reason(s) why it was not selected this year, including the names of the people responsible for not selecting it this year.
  3. Is a U.S. Passport equally valued as an Iraqi Passport when qualifying to vote?
    For your reference, U.S. citizens with a U.S. Passport showing birthplaces in Iraq, with baptism papers from Iraq, and a U.S. driver’s license where denied voting privileges because they did not have “Iraqi Passport or papers” even though their birthplace on their U.S. Passports clearly states born in Iraq.

With the enormous military and financial resources of the United States, the liberation of Iraq has brought about these current elections for the first time in over 30 years, we hope to be part of it this weekend.

We look forward to receiving your information as we prepare our article for future posting.

Sincerely,

Assyrian Information Management (AIM)
http://aim.atour.com

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2. Iraqi Christians rejected by the Iraqi Government

Mar-13-2010 at 02:59 AM (UTC+3 Nineveh, Assyria)

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Iraqi Christians rejected by the Iraqi Government & IHEC
by Alan Mansour — Assyrian Democratic Movement (ADM), USA & Canada Branch
2100 Fifteen Mile Rd Suite C, Sterling Heights Michigan 48310 USA
E-Mail: adm.us.canada@gmail.com
Fax 1-313-934-2530

March 12, 2010

Press Release: Iraqi Christians rejected by the Iraqi Government & IHEC

About 30% of ballots submitted by Iraqi-Americans are being rejected in Arbil, Iraq's headquarters’ for the Out-of-Country Voting (OCV) program. The U.S.-based Iraq Elections marked the third-largest OCV
voter turnout worldwide.

Arbil is still receiving the U.S. tally by electronic submission from each of the centers, including Detroit, Chicago, San Francisco, San Diego, and Arizona. Center Directors from across America have been
directed to throw away ballots for unknown reasons.

In the Michigan centers, 2,000 out of 6,100 ballots in the Warren location were rejected by Arbil, and 700 out of the 3,000 ballots in the Dearborn location were also rejected. In Arizona, 600 out of the 2,400 ballots were rejected. In Chicago, 1,100 out of the 3,500 ballots were rejected. All of these locations contain a high number of Iraqi Christian voters.

Although Iraq Christians showed two forms of identification before voting, Arbil has not indicated why ballots have been denied.
"They allowed the voters to come in to vote just to appease them at the time, to prevent fighting," said Detroit’s Chaldean Assyrian Syriac Representative Alan Mansour. "But now their voice will not be heard, and they feel they voted."

Many of the votes rejected were from Christians, Iraqi's indigenous population who has been the target of attacks in northern Iraq.
The validity of votes from California is still pending word from Arbil.

All Political Party Observers have started demonstrating outside of the Bella Banquet Hall, which is the voting center for Warren, MI.

Alan Mansour
ADM USA & Canada Branch, 586-219-4748

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3. Assyrian National Council of Illinois

Sep-25-2010 at 01:15 AM (UTC+3 Nineveh, Assyria)

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Organization:

Assyrian National Council of Illinois (ANCI)
9131 Niles Center Road
Skokie, Illinois 60076 USA
847-675-7350
http://www.ancil.org

Assyrian National Council of Illinois (ANCI)
2450 W. Peterson Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60659 USA
773-262-5589
http://www.ancil.org

NOTES:

  • 2000-Present: ANCI is one of the most successful Assyrian organizations in the U.S.
  • 2005: Successfully hosted the 2005 Out-of-Country Iraq Elections voting station at the ANCI community center located at 9131 Niles Center Road, Skokie, Illinois.
  • 2010, March: Did not host the 2010 Out-of-Country Iraq Elections voting station. There has been no official explanation or press release on their website regarding this important issue.
  • 2010, September 24: Contacted Assyrian National Council of Illinois on September 24, 2010 at 5:17 PM through ANCI contact form regarding these questions. Awaiting valuable organizational feedback from ANCI.

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4. 2010 Iraqi Election: an Assyrian Perspective

Oct-09-2010 at 03:35 AM (UTC+3 Nineveh, Assyria)

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2010 Iraqi Election: an Assyrian Perspective
by Assyrian Information Management (AIM)

In December 2005, the first democratic parliamentary election took place in Iraq since Saddam Hussein's 30-year-old reign ended with the U.S. led "Iraqi Operation Freedom."

The Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC - English | Arabic) implemented an Out-of-Country voting process to allow Iraqi citizens in the Diaspora to vote in this first historic election.

The Assyrian National Council of Illinois (ANCI) was selected as the Out-of-Country voting station in Illinois. There was a sense of pride and accomplishment as thousands of Assyrians and fellow Iraqis arrived at the Assyrian community center in Skokie, Illinois, and successfully cast their votes.

ANCI, as one of the most pioneering and successful Assyrian organizations under the guidance and leadership of president, Sheeba Mando, was instrumental in promoting the election and motivating Assyrians to vote in the elections.

In stark contrast to the 2005 election, the recent 2010 Iraqi Election held on March 7th, 8th, and 9th, 2010 was a dreadful experience to many Assyrians who waited in the chilly and windy 60-degree weather in a line that snaked around the voting station building and parking lot located at Pickwick Studios, 1919 A Pickwick Lane, Glenview, Illinois 60026 USA.

The new voting station was too small to accommodate the election and was located in a suburb far removed from the home of an estimated 100,000 Assyrians in Chicago and nearby suburbs. There was an eerie feeling upon arriving at the dead-end commercial cul-de-sac and learning that this building is actually a studio used at the time by an Asian-American martial arts group and received the estimated $10,000 given by IHEC to a voting station to lease the premises for the weekend.

Smoke billowed from the cigarettes of Assyrian election observers as they periodically glanced at the long line throughout the afternoon and evening. Waiting outside an average of 1½ hours in the line, the elderly struggled with their weary knees to keep pace and anxious Assyrians aired their frustrations to fellow neighbors.

Without official explanation of this new voting station selection, rumors began circulating throughout the line. The rumors varied according to the individuals' tribal, political and church affiliations. However, there was not one compelling reason why Assyrians should not have been voting in our own available community center.

Independent observers would assume that Assyrians lacked the resources and facilities to host an election voting station. They observed humble and patriotic Assyrians, with elders and children, traveling a great distance to help support our people in Bet-Nahren.

In our every deliberation, a nation must study the implications of its decisions on its future generations.

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