Shia cleric Mohamed Tuqa al-Madrasi commended Friday the decision taken by parliament, approving the May 12 election date.
In a press statement, the prominent Shia cleric said the ballot boxes are the source of democracy.
Al-Madrasi also called for paying attention to the cities that were affected by the war on ISIS so that all citizens can vote. The Iraqi people have to take the elections seriously by active participation and accountability before and after the vote, he added.
Madrasi’s remarks come a few days after other Shia clerics have called on the Iraqi people to boycott the elections.
On Monday, the Iraqi parliament approved May 12 as a final date for parliamentary and provincial elections despite calls from the country’s Sunni community to postpone the vote until displaced persons return to their cities.
The deeply-divided parliament failed many times to set the date, prompting the country’s Supreme Court to issue a ruling on Sunday against any further delay.