Baghdad, 20 May 2013 – The Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq, Mr. Martin Kobler, welcomed the decision of the Council of Ministers today to conduct the Governorate Council elections in Anbar and Ninewa on 20 June.

Baghdad, 24 April 2013 – The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq, Mr. Martin Kobler, expressed his disappointment about the government’s decision to set 4 July 2013 as the date for Governorate Council Elections in Anbar and Ninewa.

The Secretary-General congratulates the people of Iraq for participating in the Governorate Council elections. By exercising their constitutional right to vote, the Iraqi people have reaffirmed their desire for a democratic Iraq. The Secretary-General applauds their courage and determination, which  thwarted attempts to disrupt the electoral process through a vicious campaign of assassinations of candidates, threats to electoral staff and terrorist attacks.

Baghdad, 20 April 2013 - The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG), Mr. Martin Kobler, congratulates the Iraqi citizens on the peaceful conduct of the Provincial Council elections today.

Baghdad, 18 April 2013 – In the run-up to the Governorate Council elections, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG), Mr. Martin Kobler, emphasizes the importance of the active participation of all eligible Iraqis for the success of the poll. “I am calling on all women and men to cast their ballots for a better future for them and their children,” the UN envoy said.

Special voting takes place across the country as Iraqi electoral expertise oversees the start of the 2013 Governorate Council Elections

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Baghdad, 13 April 2013 – The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG), Mr. Martin Kobler, welcomed the smooth conduct of the Governorate Council Elections’ Special Voting.

Baghdad, 6 April 2013 – The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG), Mr. Martin Kobler, condemns in the strongest terms the suicide attack on an open-air election rally in Baquba today that killed and injured dozens of people.

Baghdad, 2 April 2013 – The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG), Mr. Martin Kobler, today met with the IHEC Board of Commissioners to exchange views on the state of preparedness for the upcoming Governorate Council elections.

During a recent visit to IHEC, a UNAMI delegation led by SRSG Martin Kobler was encouraged to see efforts to include more women in the political process. While the UN team was going around the IHEC’s Data Entry Centre (DEC), for example, they could not miss the large number of women, busily working on the computers. Indeed, “with 38 percent women, the DEC is one of the most gender-balanced sections in IHEC,” the head of the International Electoral Assistance Team, Mr. Jose Maria Aranaz confirmed. SRSG Kobler also praised the increasing presence of women in the political arena, underlining that 26.5 percent of the candidates in the governorate council elections are women.

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