IHEC delays the start of election campaign

The BBC reported on 4 February 2010 that the Independent High Electoral Commission had delayed the start of the election campaign from Sunday 7 February 2010 until Friday 12 February 2010 to allow time for an emergency parliamentary debate, to be held on Sunday 7 February 2010, following the court ruling of 3 […]

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Judicial panel overturns election ban: Will review ‘democratic credentials’ of candidates after the election: Update

The Higher Judicial Council website carries news that a Special Chamber comprised of members of the Court of Cassation in Decision 108 of 2010 has decided to delay its examination of the candidates barred from participating in the election by IHEC on the recommendation of the Accountability and Justice Commission. After the election […]

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Justice and Accountability Commission bars candidates and parties from election – Reference to Federal Supreme Court: Updated

The Washington Post reports on 8 January 2010 and 20 January 2010 that the Justice and Accountability Commission have recommended the exclusion of about 500 candidates and 15 political parties from participation in the forthcoming election on 7 March 2010.
According to Asarq Alawasat on 19 January 2010, those excluded include Sunni […]

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Federal Supreme Court Opinion on timescale for Presidency Council veto

See here for the previous history of the 2009 amendment to the election law

On 3 December 2009, the Federal Supreme Court issued Opinion 76 of 2009 confirming that the members of Presidency Council have until Sunday 6 December 2009 to consider their exercise of veto.

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National Elections in Iraq since 1924

A referendum on the monarchy in 1921 was followed by elections to the Constituent Assembly of 1924 which approved the text of a constitution later signed by the King in 1925.

Under the constitution of 1925, Iraq was a monarchy, with two Houses of Parliament, a Senate, appointed by the King, and a House of […]

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Council of Representatives Passes Amendment to 2005 Elections Law: UPDATED ad infititum

On 8 November 2009, the Council of Representatives passed an amendment to the 2005 Elections Law. The amendment law will come into force, if it is unanimously approved by the Presidency Council pursuant to Article 138(Fifth)(A) of the Constitution, on the date of approval.

The key elements of the law are: