The President of the Election Commission receives the Indian Ambassador
🔴 The Commissioner: It is important for India to have a role in electoral oversight in Iraq
🔴 The Indian ambassador affirms his country’s support for the electoral process and support for the concept of democracy in Iraq
Mr. (Jalil Adnan Khalaf), Head of the Independent High Electoral Commission, received today, Thursday 01/21/2021, the Ambassador of the Republic of India, Mr. (Pirandar Singh Badav), in the presence of Mr. (Abbas Farhan Hasan), Head of the Electoral Administration and Chairman of the International Observers Committee in the IHEC. To discuss the issue of international monitoring of the upcoming electoral process in all its stages.
At the beginning of the conversation, His Excellency the Indian Ambassador praised the efforts of the Commission in organizing the upcoming elections in light of the critical conditions the world is going through, especially the health situation as a result of the Corona pandemic, stressing his confidence in the current Board of Commissioners in conducting elections that are acceptable to Iraqi voters and the international community. In the same context, the two parties discussed the role of the State of India in the issue of monitoring the upcoming parliamentary elections, as it is a non-permanent member of the United Nations Council, so it cares about and follows up on Iraqi affairs, especially with regard to the issue of elections.
The Head of the Elections Commission reviewed the procedures taken by the Commission in relation to international monitoring and the steps taken to invite embassies and international organizations interested in electoral affairs in consultation with the United Nations Office of Electoral Assistance in Iraq, stressing the need for the international community to have a role in monitoring the electoral process in its various stages, Because of this of great importance in gaining legitimacy and public acceptance.
At the end of the meeting, the Chairperson of the High Commissioner thanked the Indian embassy for its interest in the Iraqi electoral affairs, praising its long experience in electoral work, describing this by saying: “India is one of the long-established and well-established democracies, and it is important to have a role in the field of electoral oversight in Iraq.” For his part, His Excellency the Indian Ambassador affirmed his country’s support for the electoral process, and everything that would support the concept of democracy in Iraq.