Rudaw – Iraqi commission says ‘difficult’ to hold Kurdistan elections on Sept 5

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Iraq’s electoral commission has warned that it will be “difficult” to hold Kurdistan’s parliamentary elections in September, casting doubt on when the country will next go to the polls. Rudaw reported a spokesperson for the Iraqi Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) as saying: “It is difficult to hold elections on September 5 and we cannot hold the elections on that date. That date was set a month ago and the commission determines its work on the basis of the official date of the elections.” The elections were initially scheduled for October 2022 but have been postponed multiple times, most recently following an Iraqi Supreme Judicial Council ruling reducing minority quota seats, which led the ruling Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) to announce it would boycott the vote.