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IHEC Receives Candidate List for Kurdistan Vote
Body Will Vet Hopefuls, Announce Names in Press Conference
06/19/2009 7:44 PM ET
Names of candidates for upcoming legislative elections in Kurdistan have been submitted to Iraq’s electoral watchdog in Baghdad for review, according to a report in Arabic on an Iraqi Kurdish website.

Iraq’s Independent High Elections Commission (IHEC) has received the list of candidates vying for seats in the Kurdistan Parliament in next’s month’s polls, according to a report on PUK Media, a media organ of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan of Iraqi President Jalal al-Talibani.

The IHEC will vet the candidates to ensure that they meet the qualifications for the office, said Hamdiya al-Husayni, a member of the IHEC executive council.

Names of candidates are to be announced on Saturday in a press conference in Baghdad, al-Husayni added.

Elections for the regional parliament and president of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdistan region are slated for July 25.


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