EU official urges Iraqis to vote in early parliamentary elections

An Iraqi woman casts a vote in a previous national election. (Photo: Reuters/Ahmed Saad)

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SULAIMANI — Head of the European Union’s Election Observation Mission Viola von Cramon said on Saturday (September 18) that it is important for Iraqis to take part in the early parliamentary elections set for October 10.

Von Cramon said during a press conference in Erbil that the monitoring group will publish a report of its observations two days after the vote.

The German politician, who has represented the Greens in the European Parliament since 2019, said that she hopes the election will be transparent and free from fraud compared with previous cycles.

She added that the EU group has already received complaints and concerns about the election process from the public through social media and encouraged voters to stay engaged in the process.

In addition to the EU, the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) and civil society groups will also monitor and observe the elections.

(NRT Digital Media)