The President of the Republic confirms the holding of the upcoming elections on its constitutional date

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H.E. Dr. Fuad Masum the President of the Republic stressed, in a statement today Tuesday October 31, 2017, on the importance of holding the elections of the Council of Representatives and the upcoming provincial councils in the required constitutional date, welcoming the proposal of the Independent High Electoral Commission to set the 12th of May, 2018 as the date for holding it, while directing the authorities concerned to take all necessary preparations for this purpose, he congratulated the new members of the Commission for their legal oath.
In the following is the full text of the statement:
“In the of Allah most Gracious most Merciful
Dear Iraqi generous people
Peace, mercy and blessings of Allah upon you
"Based on the provisions of the Constitution and the need to hold the elections in the scheduled timing, and given that the new Board of Commissioners in the Independent High Electoral Commission has took their official functions yesterday Monday 30th October 31, 2017, and the announcement of the Commission's readiness to hold the next elections, we welcome its proposal that Saturday 12/5/2018 be the date for the elections of the Council of Representatives in its fourth session and provincial council elections.
We take this opportunity to congratulate the new members of the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) on assuming their official duties after taking the legal oath, we direct the concerned authorities to take all administrative, financial, legal and security preparations for this purpose, we also call on all citizens of voters, candidates, political and regulatory entities, civil society organizations and media  to provide all assistance to the officials and staff of the Independent High Electoral Commission in all possible fields, in order to ensure the successful of the upcoming electoral process, especially since it is the first after the heroic victory of our people against terrorism.
We also appeal to the international organizations and bodies to provide all kinds of support to IHEC in the areas of capacity development, gaining experience and bringing the best modern techniques in the field of electoral work, as well as strengthening the monitoring of integrity, transparency and justice and achieving a fair and secure electoral exercise that ensures the development of the democratic system and the protection of Iraq's unity and sovereignty.
The Iraqis' will shall win for a progressive, stable, federal and democratic state.
Allah shall save Iraq and Iraqis
Fuad Masum
The President of the Republic”


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