Faraj al-Haidari, head of the Independent Electoral Commission


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Omar Fares

At a time the political process, one of the greatest crises complex was arrested the President of the Electoral Commission for elections Faraj al-Haidari to pour more water in the mill speculation about the future of democracy in Iraq. authorities had arrested al-Haidari on Thursday, and held in detention with a member of the Board of Commissioners Karim al-Tamimi on the background of interest corruption. He denied Haidari charges as malicious and politically motivated without legal basis. the Kurdistan Regional Government described the arrest of al-Haidari and al-Tamimi as a flagrant violation of voiding the political process of the content of democracy. issued a spokesman for the Presidency of the Kurdistan region said in a statement that such a decision aimed at the independence of the Election Commission and is intended to pre-empt the democratic process through the control of an independent organization concerned with the conduct of the electoral process in the country, as stated in the statement. and went representative of the provincial government in Baghdad, Muhammad Ehsan to limit the warning in an exclusive interview with Radio Free Iraq, which he described as the precedent of serious ominous. But the Supreme Judicial Council said that arrest of al-Haidari and al-Tamimi was based on Kiemanma regardless bonuses to the staff of real estate registration of their registered plots of land allocated to them from the budget of the Electoral Commission. Radio Free Iraq met with Member of Parliament from the Kurdistan Alliance, Mahmoud Othman, who pointed out that the Chairman Electoral Commission Faraj al-Haidari passed the exam Parliament in session question was called to it, describing the timing of his arrest that he is not reasonable at the time of approaching the High Election of the end of her duties. agreed Osman with the view that there were political motives behind the arrest of al-Haidari, noting that politicization enter today at all, as he put it. and MP Mahmoud Othman said that the atmosphere Political charged should have been taken into account and wait to take legal action against the Commission President and member of the board until after the end of the period. But a member of the House of Representatives and spokesman for the mass of a coalition of law on the Alfalh said in an interview to Azlaah Free Iraq that the period of Electoral Commission ended already and that the arrest of al-Haidari and Tamimi, a court has nothing to do calculations of timing. said Alfalh that the arrest of President Electoral Commission Faraj al-Haidari and a member of the Board of Commissioners Karim al-Tamimi legal action was based on the merits of a legal and a coalition of state law, respects the independence of the judiciary and does not interfere in his work. Member of Parliament for the Iraqi List, Ahmed electrodes suggested that members of the Council of High electoral immunity due to the importance of its role in political life, expressing his fears of being behind the arrest of the President of the Office of the Independent Electoral intentions to undermine the independence and harnessed for the benefit of political party specific. called electrodes to ensure the transparency of the investigation of the arrest of President Electoral Commission Faraj al-Haidari and a member board Karim al-Tamimi proposed intervention Speaker of the Parliament in order to preserve the independence of the Electoral Commission. political analyst and confident Hashemi put the issue of Commission President election as part of a bleak picture of prospects for the development of political situation, noting that the conflict of different forces entered the phase of multiplication under the belt, as described, targeting the independent bodies . Faraj took over the presidency of the Independent Electoral Commission after the 2005 elections and was supervised by the Commission on three electoral processes are provincial elections and parliamentary elections in 2010 and the election of the Kurdistan region. She commended the United Nations and other international organizations, the performance of the Commission in this period. contributed in the file Radio Free Iraq correspondent in Baghdad, Ghassan Ali