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Reference ID Created Classification Origin
09BAGHDAD831 2009-03-27 12:12 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Baghdad
VZCZCXRO2116
OO RUEHBC RUEHDE RUEHIHL RUEHKUK
DE RUEHGB #0831 0861212
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
O 271212Z MAR 09
FM AMEMBASSY BAGHDAD
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 2398
INFO RUCNRAQ/IRAQ COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
C O N F I D E N T I A L BAGHDAD 000831 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 03/26/2014 
TAGS: IZ KDEM PGOV
SUBJECT: KURDISH NATIONAL ASSEMBLY RULES ON UPCOMING 
ELECTIONS 
 
Classified By: PMIN Robert Ford for Reasons 1.4 (d). 
 
1.  (SBU) According to contacts at UNAMI, on 25 March the 
Kurdistan National Assembly (KNA) adopted a number of 
amendments to the electoral law for the Iraqi Kurdistan 
National Assembly.  KRG President Barzani is expected to sign 
the bill shortly, and we do not anticipate challenges.  These 
amendments, and a number of related decisions, would come 
into immediate effect, further paving the way for the conduct 
of elections for the 111-member KNA, or Kurdistan Iraq 
Parliament (KIP) as it is now to be called. 
 
Key points that were decided: 
 
---- Closed/Open List 
 
The KIP elections will be held on the basis of a closed list 
system.  A proposal for an open list system (whereby voters 
would be able to cast a vote for an individual candidate on a 
party list, not just the party list as a whole)was defeated. 
Each party list must contain at least three candidates. 
 
---- Women's Quota 
 
At least 30 percent of the candidates on party lists must be 
women. 
 
---- Relationships between IHEC and Regional Office 
 
IHEC will conduct the upcoming KIP election, but a new 
independent Kurdish Election Commission is to be established 
over the next 8 to 12 months and will oversee future 
elections.  IHEC regulations would apply to the elections 
provided they do not conflict with the laws enacted by the 
KNA. 
 
---- Complaints Process 
 
Complaints related to the KIP elections will be handled by 
the IHEC at the Kurdish Regional Election Office.  A new 
Kurdistan Electoral Judicial Panel will be established to 
take final decisions on appeals against election results 
(rather than the Electoral Judicial Panel in Baghdad). 
 
---- Out of Region Voters 
 
People from the region who are outside the region will have 
the right to participate in the elections. IHEC is to take 
steps to implement this provision (which would require 
registration of Iraqi Kurdistan and voters abroad and 
internally displaced).  (Note:  UNAMI concurs that there is 
some ambiguity on what "outside the region" means and expects 
greater precision on this issue in coming weeks.  End Note). 
 
---- Minorities 
 
Eleven of the 111 KIP seats will be reserved for minorities: 
5 for Chaldean/Assyrian/Syrian; 5 for Turkmen; 1 for 
Armenian. 
 
Comment 
------- 
 
2.  (C) The decisions by the KNA set the stage for the 
holding of KRG elections sometime after May 19.  While May 19 
was the original target date for the elections, coinciding 
with the seventeenth anniversary of the first elections held 
in Kurdistan and therefore a date that holds symbolic appeal, 
there is little likelihood the elections will take place in 
May, both for political and organizational reasons.  IHEC 
strongly prefers at least a 90-day lead time to prepare, 
which would push the elections to June at the earliest.  The 
KNA amendments do not specifically address the date of the 
election.  We have not seen the text of the KNA amendments 
but expect to in the next few days. 
BUTENIS

 



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