Iraqi Turkmen slam KRG opening voting office in Kirkuk

Kurdish Regional Government putting election office in Kirkuk is illegal, says Iraqi Turkmen Front

Iraqi Turkmen slam KRG opening voting office in Kirkuk

World Bulletin / News Desk

Ahead of a controversial referendum on independence in northern Iraq, a leading Turkmen politician is criticizing moves related to the vote, including the establishment of an election office in the disputed city of Kirkuk

The Supreme Board of Elections of the northern Iraqi Kurdish Regional Government (KRG), which is holding the referendum, founding an office in Kirkuk is illegal, said Hasan Turan, vice president of the Iraqi Turkmen Front (ITF) and member of Iraq’s national parliament.

"The KRG-linked Supreme Board of Elections establishing an office in Kirkuk is yet another constitutional violation," Turan said Anadolu Agency. 

"The board can only operate in Erbil, Sulaymaniyah, and Duhok, which are affiliated with the Kurdish Regional Government," Turan continued.  

Turan added that legal action would be taken against civil servants if they vote in the referendum, which is set to be held on Sept. 25. 

Warning that the vote would jeopardize Iraq’s unity and solidarity, Turan said, "The [Kirkuk Provincial] Council connected to [Iraq’s] central administration should issue a decision to cancel the decision to take part in the referendum."

Güncelleme Tarihi: 07 Eylül 2017, 17:38