Ninewa’s office of the Iraqi elections high commission on Wednesday declared that over 50% of eligible voters in the province have renewed their biometric voter ID cards.
Farhan al-Kiki, media director of commission’s Ninewa office,speaking to KirkukNow said, "the first amendment to the provincial elections law of provinces not organized within a regionhas stipulated that voter ID cards would be adopted as an official document to allow voters to participate in the process."
Al-Kiki indicated that 16 mobile teams have been tasked with the renewal process on both sides of Mosul, providing facilitations round the clock for citizens at home or at their workplaces.
16 mobile teams have been tasked with the renewal process on both sides of Mosul
"Our office aims to reach all citizens including those in IDP camps to help update their voter registrations and enable them to take part in the elections," he added.
Earlier, the Iraqi parliament voted on a number of amendments to the provincial elections law, aimed to hold free and fair elections, ensure the participation of all segments of society, decrease the age requirement for candidates and ensure a fair distribution of seats among competing lists.
The Electoral body has set April 1st of as a date for holding provincial elections in Iraq, except the Kurdistan Region provinces.
According to the first amendment to the provincial elections law, the number of seats in the Ninewa provincial council was reduced from 39 to 27 seats; while three quota seats have been allocated for each of the Ezidi, Christian and Shabak communities along with six seats for women candidates.