IEC Announces Election Date: July Next Year

Jun 22 2017

The IEC has announced the election date for parliamentary and district council elections – 7 July 2018.   Addressing a press conference on Thursday afternoon, IEC chief Najibullah Ahmadzai said work is underway to ensure a free and fair election. Ahmadzai said the IEC has learnt much from past elections and that because of the war there are problems.  He said however, that government needs to focus on vulnerable areas in order to hold successful elections.

Municipal elections: "Mourakiboun" and "ATIDE" report significant shortcomings on first day of electoral registration

Jun 20 2017

(TAP) - The Mourakiboun Network and the Tunisian Association for the Integrity and Democracy of Elections (ATIDE) published on Tuesday the detailed results of the first day of the registration operation on the electoral register for the 2017 municipal elections.

Both associations noted gaps in the publication of lists of registration centres and offices that were set up by the Independent High Authority for Elections (ISIE).

Lebanon to hold parliamentary elections in May 2018

Jun 14 2017
Gulf News

After 12 years of unsuccessful attempts to revise a 1960 electoral law, rival politicians finally reach agreement.

Beirut: Lebanon expects to hold a parliamentary election on May 6, 2018 and parliament will extend its current term until May 20 that year, information minister Melhem Riachy told journalists during a cabinet session on Wednesday.

Political, financial leg of coup left in the dark: Opposition MHP

Jun 12 2017
Hurriyet daily news

The opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) has criticized a draft report prepared by a parliamentary commission formed to investigate the July 15, 2016 coup attempt, saying that the political and financial leg of the coup attempt was not revealed by “obstacles put by AKP [ruling Justice and Development Party] members of the commission.”

Le RND demande à ses militants de poursuivre les efforts pour assurer une bonne préparation aux élections locales

Jun 10 2017
APS Algerie

ALGER - Le Rassemblement national démocratique (RND) a  demandé samedi à ses militants de poursuivre les efforts en tenant compte  du plan de charge qu’imposera la préparation et la conduite de la  participation du parti aux élections locales.

Muslim World League supports decision to release Qatar-linked ‘terrorism’ list

Jun 09 2017
Al Arabiya English

The Muslim World League posted a statement reaffirming their support for the joint four Arab powers releasing a list of Qatar-linked designated terrorists.

The Muslim World League has said it supports a decision by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt in designating 59 Qatar-linked individuals and 12 entities with ties to terrorism.

Iraqi Kurds plan independence referendum on Sept. 25

Jun 07 2017
Al Arabiya English

Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region has called a referendum on independence to be held on Sept. 25, an official said on Wednesday, moving ahead with a plan for full statehood that is likely to be opposed by Baghdad.

Hemin Hawrami, assistant to Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani, tweeted: “big news. Kurdistan Referendum for independence is on 25/9/2017.”

Qatar: 'No justification' for cutting diplomatic ties

Jun 05 2017
Aljazeera news

Arab countries' decisions led by Saudi Arabia are founded on 'baseless' allegations, Qatar foreign ministry says.

Qatar said there is "no legitimate justification" for several nations cutting diplomatic ties after Saudi Arabia, Egypt, UAE, Bahrain, Yemen and the Maldives announced they would suspend relations with the Gulf state.

The Saudi kingdom made the announcement via its state-run Saudi Press Agency early on Monday, saying it was taking action for what it called the protection of national security.