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MP condemns UN approval carrying out elections before IDPs return home

MP condemns UN approval carrying out elections before IDPs return home

Parliament Commission for Migration and Displaced Chief Raad Dahalki condemned on Wednesday the United Nation's approval of carrying out the elections in its designated day.

Dahalki said that this approval is extremely unfair towards all of the Iraqi displaced persons (IDPs).

In a statement, Dahalki said that as the IDPs humanitarian crisis escalates, as they lack basic life services, such as access to clean water, food, medicine and fuel to protect them from the cold of winter along with sectarian militias that prevent them from returning home, The UN totally neglects them and announce its approval for carrying out the elections in its designated date.

He stressed that the UN was supposed to help eliminate the IDPs crisis as it's its primary mission in Iraq and a priority over any other matter.

Dahalki urged the UN and the Iraqi central government to shift its focus towards the Iraqi people and its suffering and bring them back to their homes and provide safe environments to them before carrying out any elections.

This comes as the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq, Jan Kubis, met with Iraqi Board of Commissioners of the Independent High Electoral Commission  on Wednesday.

The SRSG welcomed the progress being made so far for the elections envisioned for 12 May 2018 in accordance with the timelines set in the Constitution of Iraq.

"The 2018 Council of Representatives elections must take place in full conformity with the constitutional time-frame and it is imperative that the Electoral Commission works with all stakeholders in order to hold them as well as the Governorate Council Elections in a timely, inclusive, credible and transparent manner,” Kubis emphasized.

The SRSG reiterated his call for the Council of Representatives to take immediate steps to ensure that the appropriate legal framework is in place, without further delay.