Iraqi electoral authority fines 15 Erbil candidates for illegally placing campaign posters
ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – The Kurdistan region branch of Iraq’s highest electoral authority is fining 15 candidates in the October 10 parliamentary elections for hanging their campaign posters on public road signs, an official said.
Each candidate was fined one million Iraqi dinars (approximately $ 685) for placing his election posters and flayers on public roads and road signs, Farhad Ass’ad Shetnayi, the head of the political bureau of the High Independent Electoral Commission of the Kurdistan region (IHEC), declared Sunday in Kurdistan 24.
In addition to the reparation, candidates will be warned to withdraw their offending leaflets and banners within three days, failing which their financial penalties would be heavier, added Ass’ad Shetnayi.
The Commission can only impose fines on candidates who break campaign rules, according to the official.
Iraqis have one week left to vote in the country’s fifth legislature after the overthrow of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in 2003. For the 329-seat Legislative Assembly, more than 3,240 candidates are in the running. They run either as independent candidates or as part of political coalitions.
The country is divided into 83 electoral districts.
Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan region, is made up of four electoral constituencies, in which more than 1,238,000 voters voted for 15 parliamentary seats allocated to the province. Within the framework of the quota of women, four parliamentary seats will go to candidates from the Kurdish capital.