Viewing cable 09BAGHDAD1371, KRG ELECTIONS UPDATE
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INFO RUCNRAQ/IRAQ COLLECTIVE
C O N F I D E N T I A L BAGHDAD 001371
E.O. 12958: DECL: 05/25/2019
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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.