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KRG takes first step to fund this year’s independence referendum

By Rudaw 12/6/2017
Kurdish flags and posters saying
Kurdish flags and posters saying "Yes to referendum" adorn shops and walls in downtown Erbil. Photo: Rudaw/File
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region - The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has earmarked $6 million to be used by the Independent High Electoral and Referendum Commission (IHERC) in order to begin organizing to hold this year’s independence referendum.
 
The KRG’s finance ministry, as the first step has earmarked a sum of $6 million as mortgage for preparations for holding the Kurdish declared independence referendum on September  25, Handren Mohamed, the head of the IHERC, told Rudaw.
 
Mohammed added, for holding the referendum, parliamentary and presidential elections, they have asked the government to allocate 37 billion IQD (about $31 million). Of this amount, 20 billion is needed for the referendum and the other 17 billion is for the parliamentary and presidential elections.
 
The government has not yet approved the allocation of all the demanded sum, he noted.

Fuad Hussein, chief of staff to the Kurdish presidency, held a meeting with the IHERC and the KRG speaking on the necessities needed for the coming referendum and both parliamentary and presidency elections. 

Jutiyar Adil, a member of the IHERC, told Rudaw he met with Hussein discussing their needs for referendum preparations.
 
President Masoud Barzani held a meeting with political parties in the Kurdistan Region on June 7 when it was announced the region would hold an independence referendum on September 25 that would also include "the Kurdistani areas outside the region's administration.” Additionally, following the referendum, presidential and parliamentary elections are to be scheduled on time, expected to be on November 6.
 
Representatives from the Electoral Commission had also attended the last week’s meeting led by President Barzani.
 

In March, the KRG announced the passage a $20 million budget to finance the anticipated elections.

 

Last updated at 3:35 p.m.

Comments

 
THE KURDISH STATE | 12/6/2017
Go ahead, go ahead. May God bless the Kurdish State.
| 12/6/2017
where did they find an extra 31 mill for this? what about the payments that are due to public workers and what about the claims of oil prices and economic straining on funds? how many children on the streets of Erbil and Suli would this shelter and feed? why not the political parties donate, why do the people have to pay for it? Many readers criticise that I seem to be against or anti Kurd.... On the contrary far from it, I am all for an independent free "Kurdistan" where the law is above all and governance is followed with transparent due process to protect the rights of every kurdish national regardless of background or ethnicity or religion and not allow the manipulation of the long lived dream of millions by the few for their own hunger for greed, power, control and Gold. The present political leaders and their families hindered and misappropriated $billions of people's assets illegally to fuel their greed and it seems that they are willing to sacrifice the whole population's lives and those of the future generations to continue to control and impose their rule Nothing wrong with people benefiting but this is not the democracy and freedom people died for.
Alan | 13/6/2017
Hadad which Arabic government has all those things you have listed? All 22 of them?
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