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WikiLeaks: 2009-05-26: 09BAGHDAD1371: KRG Elections Update

by WikiLeaks. 09BAGHDAD1371: May 26, 2009.

Posted: Monday, December 30, 2013 at 07:43 PM UT


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Reference ID Created Classification Origin
09BAGHDAD1371 2009-05-26 11:23 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Baghdad
VZCZCXRO2623
PP RUEHBC RUEHDE RUEHDH RUEHIHL RUEHKUK
DE RUEHGB #1371 1461123
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
P 261123Z MAY 09
FM AMEMBASSY BAGHDAD
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 3201
INFO RUCNRAQ/IRAQ COLLECTIVE
C O N F I D E N T I A L BAGHDAD 001371 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 05/25/2019 
TAGS: IZ KDEM PGOV
SUBJECT: KRG ELECTIONS UPDATE 
 
REF: A. A. BAGHDAD 1295 
     B. B. BAGHDAD 1288 
 
Classified By: Acting Political Counselor John Fox for reasons 1.4 (d). 
 
1.  (U)  Iraq's Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) 
reports that it has certified 42 political entities and 528 
candidates in advance of the elections for the Iraqi 
Kurdistan Parliament (IKP), scheduled for July 25.  Of the 42 
political parties, 15 have formed themselves into five 
coalitions:  the Service and Repair List, the Chaldeans' 
consolidated list, the Autonomous list of Chaldean Syriac 
Assyrians, the Freedom and Social Justice list, and the 
Kurdistan list (which is composed of the Patriotic Union of 
Kurdistan and the Kurdistan Democratic Party).  The Kurdistan 
list is expected to win the elections (see reftel A). 
 
2.  (U)  Per the KRG election law, 11 component seats are set 
aside for minorities.  Five seats are designated for 
Christians, five for Turkomans, and seat for an Armenian 
candidate (see reftel B).  IHEC reports that there are 20 
candidates for the Christian seats, 20 candidates for the 
Turkoman seats, and three for the Armenian seat. 
 
3.  (U)  Voter registration in the KRG began on May 25 and 
will continue for two weeks.  The International Electoral 
Assistance Team (IEAT) reports that all 89 Voter Registration 
Centers (VRCs) were open and that 1,843 people checked the 
status of their voter registration.  IHEC will make 254 
changes to the voter list (including additions, subtractions, 
changes and corrections) based on yesterday's results.  IEAT 
estimates that there are roughly 2.5 million eligible voters 
in the three provinces of the KRG. 
 
4.  (C)  UNAMI Electoral Advisor Sandra Mitchell informs us 
that, with about eight weeks to go, IHEC has not yet received 
the funding it needs to prepare for the IKP and presidential 
elections.  While PM Maliki authorized the funding last 
month, bureaucratic delays (which are a chronic problem for 
all GOI agencies) continue to stall delivery of the funds. 
IHEC estimates that the KRG elections will cost a total of 
$90 million; the IEAT hopes to see a first tranche of $40 
million this week to pay on contracts that will be coming 
due.  The IEAT reports that the IHEC Board of Commissioners 
seems confident that the funds will arrive on time, but it is 
clear that the IEAT is anxious to get this matter settled. 
 
HILL

 



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