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The Election Law Is Passed: Open Lists, Kirkuk Recognised as a Governorate with “Dubious” Registers

Posted by Reidar Visser on Sunday, 8 November 2009 22:06

With 141 votes out of 195, the Iraqi parliament finally passed a revision of the 2005 election law this evening around 8 PM in Baghdad. The broad outline of the revised law has already been known for a long time and contained few surprises as such: Open lists, governorate-level constituencies and minority seats for Christians, Sabaeans, Yazidis and Shabak. In other respects, most features of the 2005 law (including the procedures for allocating compensatory seats, which this time makes up 5%) are kept in place. This also means that the ban on the use of religious symbols – an important step forward in the 2008 provincial elections law that was included in early drafts – has not been included in the revised law for the parliamentary elections.The controversy for the three past weeks has focused on how to hold elections in Kirkuk… Full story here.

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