The US Embassy in Baghdad announced on Thursday that the US Agency for International Development (USAID) will provide up to 3 million Dollars in technical and financial assistance to the government of Iraq in support of Iraq’s 2018 legislative elections.
In addition, USAID will engage Iraqi civil society partners and local organizations to support election monitoring, voter registration, and outreach to marginalized groups.
In a statement, the embassy said that "a democratic, federal, and unified Iraq is critical to achieving peace and prosperity in the region".
It added that the "US assistance will help ensure that all Iraqi voices are heard and counted through peaceful, transparent elections that are held on schedule in accordance with Iraq’s constitution."
Ambassador Douglas Silliman affirmed the importance of holding timely elections and said: “We urge all parties to work together to move the political process forward in ways that advance the interests and aspirations of all the Iraqi people.”
US assistance will ensure greater transparency by helping Iraqi civil society partners monitor election processes in the provinces prior to Election Day and deploy several thousand trained observers to voluntarily monitor polling stations in selected provinces.
USAID will also help local organizations register voters and encourage participation by marginalized groups, including minorities and the three million Iraqis who remain displaced.
USAID expects to begin working with the government of Iraq in December 2017 in support of the upcoming elections. Supporting Iraq’s democratic institutions is a key part of the United States’ ongoing commitment to a federal, democratic, prosperous, and unified Iraq.