The Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) has granted permits to 62 leaders in the Iranian Militias in Iraq and Syria (IMIS) so that they can stand for the upcoming elections, media reports revealed Tuesday.
According to the reports, the IHEC has approved 11 political parties and movements that were established by leaders in IMIS.
The 62 leaders have been permitted to contest the elections after they abolished their armed wings. The second Article of the IHEC law does not allow members of armed factions and military personnel to run for office, the reports said.
The report also revealed that those leaders are still heading armed factions and did not halt their armed activities.
Hadi al-Amiri, Aws al-Khafaji, Qais al-Kazali, Ahmed al-Assadi, Akram al-Kaabi and Hisham al-Mossawi are among the leaders who have been permitted to stand for the upcoming elections.
Last month, Iraqi writer Ghalib al-Shahbander said in a televised interview that Ahmed al-Assadi, spokesperson of IMIS had announced his resignation from his position so that he can stand as an IMIS candidate in the upcoming parliamentary election.
Al-Shahbander also noted that Iran-backed IMIS are playing a political game in order to have a parliamentary representation in the upcoming election.
Earlier, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has announced that IMIS will not take part in the parliamentary elections, which many observers believe it is not a real pledge.