Provincial elections postponed until April03/07/2012 19:12
Erbil, July 3 (AKnews) - The head of the Electoral Commission in Iraq stated today that the committee has developed a plan to hold the elections for provinces and districts and the areas of Iraq, with the elections being postponed until April instead of March as planned.
Faraj al-Haidari said: "The elections were expected to be held on March 17 but they will be held in April. The commission asked for a loan from the Council of Ministers of $10,000 as an initial payment to prepare for the elections, but the commission has yet to receive this amount.
"The failure to provide the amount was a major cause behind the delay in holding the elections."
The Electoral Commission announced on January 23, 2012 about the completion of the final draft of the elections law of the provinces, districts and areas, confirming that it would be referred soon to the Council of Representatives for vote and pointing out that the elections would be held next year.
The provincial elections were held in 2009 in all parts of Iraq except Kirkuk and the Kurdistan Region.
By Wafaa Zangana