The United Nations deploys observers for the Iraqi elections

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The United Nations announced on Saturday that it will deploy international observers and provide all kinds of support for the success of the parliamentary elections in Iraq scheduled for October 10.

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This was stated by Jeanine Plasschaert, head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), at a press conference in Dhi Qar Governorate, in the south of the country.

The UN official said that “the United Nations mission will deploy international observers at the polling stations, and will provide all kinds of support for the success of the parliamentary elections.”

She added that “the citizens’ voices will be heard and they have a great task to participate in the electoral process.”

More than 600 international observers will supervise the monitoring of the early Iraqi elections, according to what was previously announced by the Iraqi Electoral Commission.

According to the Commission’s figures on July 31, 3,249 candidates representing 21 coalitions and 109 parties, as well as independents, are vying to win 329 seats in Parliament.

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The current parliamentary session was supposed to end in 2022, but the political parties decided to hold early elections.

This is after widespread popular protests toppled the previous government headed by Adel Abdul-Mahdi in late 2019.

In May 2020, confidence was granted to a government headed by Mustafa Al-Kazemi to manage a transitional phase leading to early elections.