World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 

Proposed Referendum In Basra

Significant Step Taken For Proposed Referendum In Basra, Says UN’s Iraq Mission

New York, Dec 17 2008 12:10PM

Preparations are in place enabling the people of the oil-rich Iraqi province of Basra to officially demonstrate their support of a proposed referendum to form a region with some devolved power from the central Government, the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) announced today.

The Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC), an Iraqi institution tasked with voter registration and conducting all upcoming electoral events and referenda in the country, has opened 34 sub-centres providing registered voters in Basra the option to sign their names calling for the referendum.

Collecting 10 per cent of voters’ signatures, from an electorate of around 1.4 million people, in the area prompts the authorities to organize a referendum. The first step in this process was initiated by a petition of 32,635 Basra voters that was submitted to the IHEC last month.

Anyone born in 1991 or before has two weeks from the start of 2009 to come forward and register their support.

“The Law is to ensure the voters’ right to freely express their choice regarding selecting the type of governance for their province or region. This is part of strengthening the democratic process when each eligible voter has a say,”
noted the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq, Staffan de Mistura.

Once the signature collection period has ended, the IHEC will certify whether the threshold of 10 per cent of valid voters has been reached. The confirmation of the signatures is expected by the end of January, and the IHEC begins arranging the referendum within 60-90 days of certification of the signatures.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Werewolf: Gordon Campbell On North Korea, Neo-Nazism, And Milo

With a bit of luck the planet won’t be devastated by nuclear war in the next few days. US President Donald Trump will have begun to fixate on some other way to gratify his self-esteem – maybe by invading Venezuela or starting a war with Iran. More>>

Victory Declared: New Stabilisation Funding From NZ As Mosul Is Retaken

New Zealand has congratulated the Iraqi government on the successful liberation of Mosul from ISIS after a long and hard-fought campaign. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Current US Moves Against North Korea

If Martians visited early last week, they’d probably be scratching their heads as to why North Korea was being treated as a potential trigger for global conflict... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Lessons From Corbyn’s Campaign

Leaving partisan politics aside – and ignoring Jeremy Corbyn’s sensational election campaign for a moment – it has to be said that Britain is now really up shit creek... More>>

ALSO:

Another US Court: Fourth Circuit Rules Muslim Ban Discriminatory

ACLU: Step by step, point by point, the court laid out what has been clear from the start: The president promised to ban Muslims from the United States, and his executive orders are an attempt to do just that. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 
  • Pacific.Scoop
  • Cafe Pacific
  • PMC