No New Election Law In Iraq

Nov. 5, 2009, midnight

Iraqi lawmakers on Wednesday and Thursday again did not act on proposed changes to a 2005 election law. The head of the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) said Thursday was the last day to pass a law in order to hold elections as scheduled on January 16. Lawmakers for weeks have repeatedly "failed" to agree on reforms, according to most English-language coverage, and the IEHC has repeatedly said it is running out of time to implement changes. Points of contention included whether to use open or closed party lists for Council of Representatives elections and, second, what voter list would prevail in the demographically volatile Kurdish region of Kirkuk. A special committee last week handed down two options, both of which would mandate open party lists.

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