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Kurdistan

Referendum e-vote registration begins for diaspora

By Rudaw 31/8/2017
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ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The Kurdistan election commission has activated a website that allows the Kurdistan Region and Kurdistani diaspora to register their names to vote in next month’s independence referendum.
 
The website is available in three languages: Kurdish, Arabic, and English.
 
A video published in both Kurdish and English by the foreign relation’s office explains the process.
 
Registration for those in diaspora begins on September 1 and continues through September 7. During that week, eligible voters can visit www.khec17.net  to fill in an online registration form.
 
Using the Arabic alphabet for much of the process, voters must use their email address and mobile phone number to complete the registration, as well as provide two official Iraqi documents that prove they hold Iraqi citizenship, such as an Iraqi passport. 
 
The voter also has to enter their current address and can only vote from their registered address since the website uses GPS to determine their location.
 
The website cannot be accessed from inside the Kurdistan Region.
 
Following registration, the voter will receive an activation email.  
 
Voters in Kurdistan and abroad will be asked the same ‘yes’ or ‘no’ question: “Do you want the Kurdistan Region and the Kurdistani areas outside the administration of the Region to become an independent state?”
 
The diaspora will vote on September 23 from 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. Erbil time, two days before people in Kurdistan.
 
Voters abroad must meet four criteria: be at least 18-years old, have registered with the Voters’ Registration Database, have registered in the E-Voting Database, and be a citizen of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) or Kurdistani territories that are not organized under KRI.
 
The commission chose electronic voting because they say they are concerned that some nations may not allow them to open voting stations in their countries.
 

The vote is opposed by the central Iraqi government, which deems it “unconstitutional.” Iraqi missions abroad would not, therefore, facilitate in-person voting, another reason the Kurdistan government opted for the e-vote.

 

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independant Great Kurdistan | 1/9/2017
the day we have waiting for all our live...
Jotyar Hussein | 1/9/2017
Rudaw, please , please and a million times please find a way for those who don't have the proper documents in order to be qualified to register for voting. for example my mother does not have these documents and I am 100% sure there are many Kurds outside of Kurdistan who are stressed out like my self because they can't vote ! This would be a shame for all this hard times and work our Government did to come this close and at the end many Kurds can't vote because they can't register due to l Lack of qualified documents. Thanks Jotyar NASHVILLE Tennessee
A.j. | 4/9/2017
Hi Before three days I contact you to registration our name ,,we live long time in EU we not have Iraq family nr. But very easy you reply me who not have family Nr. Can't not vote fucking Iraq why you ask about Iraq Nr.? How is this vote? If you like go out from Iraq why you ask about Iraq family Nr.? We wait solution for us,, Regards
Tony Montana | 5/9/2017
Non of my family members can vote, because of the doc. they ask for. Sad
Maqsood | 6/9/2017
This problem is for 99./. Present of our people
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