The technical problems encountered by voters in Erbil are now resolved: IHEC


ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Technical issues that prevented some voters from voting in Sunday’s Iraqi parliamentary elections have been fully resolved, the High Independent Electoral Commission (IHEC) in Kurdistan 24 said on Sunday.

In the early hours of voting on Sunday morning, technical problems were reported by people working in polling stations as well as voters. The machines that process the ballots were not working. As a result, the voting process was slowed down in several places in the Kurdistan region, including its capital Erbil.

“All the technical problems are now resolved,” Botan Sherko Jaff, the technical assistant of the IHEC branch of Erbil, told Kurdistan 24 in English on Sunday.

The electoral process takes place through two machines. One machine processes the biometric voting cards while the other prints the ballots.

“When the machine restarts, it needs a confirmation code which must be provided by the central office in Baghdad,” Sherko Jaff said.

Jaff went on to explain that IHEC workers at polling centers had difficulty contacting the central Baghdad center to access the code.

However, Baghdad has increased the number of its call centers and the issue has been resolved, the official added.

The problems were “entirely technical,” the election commission said.

At around 7 a.m. Erbil time, polling stations in the Kurdish capital began the voting process. Over one million voters can vote in four electoral constituencies for the province’s 15 parliamentary seats.

Markets are closed, but traffic between Iraq’s Kurdish provinces continues as before, Governor Omed Khoshnaw said on Saturday on the eve of the elections.

Read more: On polling day, no travel restrictions but shops will be closed: Governor of Erbil

More than 25 million eligible voters can vote for more than 3,000 candidates vying for the 329-seat parliament.


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