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Head Of The UN Electoral Support Team: The Strategic Communication Team Will Arrive In Baghdad Soon

Baghdad The head of the electoral support team in the Department of Political Affairs and Peace-building at the United Nations General Secretariat, Craig Guinness, announced that the strategic communication team will arrive in Baghdad soon.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / received a copy of it: “Minister Fuad Hussein met today at the United Nations headquarters in New York, the head of the electoral support team in the Political Affairs and Peace-building Department of the United Nations Secretariat, Craig Guinness, and the security team. During the meeting, they discussed the necessary preparations for holding the elections on the specified date.

The minister stressed that the government is proceeding with the elections, which are one of the main objectives of the government curriculum.

The Minister thanked the electoral support team for the great efforts made by them during the negotiations related to Iraq’s request for electoral observation, referring to the diplomatic steps of the Iraqi government on more than one axis, whether in New York or towards the capitals of member states in the Security Council, expressing his happiness for Iraq to obtain a position unanimously supported by the Security Council.

He indicated the Iraqi government’s aspiration to see an international monitoring team in all Iraqi governorates to enhance public confidence in the electoral process.

The Minister also referred to the efforts of the Iraqi government and its actions on regional organizations and towards a large number of countries at the bilateral level for the purpose of sending electoral observation teams. He added that the Iraqi government is making great efforts to secure the elections, stressing the government’s readiness to provide all the requirements, and to provide a safe environment to hold fair elections that meet international standards, and the security situation in Iraq is much better than it was several years ago, in light of the great efforts made by the security services to combat terrorism.

For his part, Craig Guinness, head of the electoral support team, indicated that the electoral support team succeeded in securing the necessary funding for the exercise of the United Nations electoral observation team in Iraq through grants provided by some countries, including the United States of America, France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Denmark.

He also indicated that the United Nations will employ (150) UN experts to enhance the electoral support efforts provided to Iraq, and they will work as a preparatory team for the monitoring process, and they will be distributed to four main centers in Iraq, and (100) UN experts will be sent in mid-September. Their main task is to monitor the elections.

He also reviewed the efforts of the United Nations, which are divided into two axes in the field of electoral support: technical assistance and electoral observation, so that the United Nations Electoral Assistance Mission in Iraq will be the largest of the United Nations, noting that the strategic communication team will arrive in Baghdad soon.


Source: National Iraqi News Agency