Iraqi refugees in Syria complain of being forbidden from participating in parliamentary elections.

اعداد ميس نور الدين | تحرير محمد علاء | ترجمة غلوري جابر | تحرير الترجمة Freda Hocaine 🕔 تم النشر بتاريخ : 14 مايو، 2018 4:41:31 م خبر دوليسياسياجتماعي لاجئون

Al-Hasakah - SMART

Iraqi refugee families in the al-Hol camp, 70 kilometers south of al-Hasakah, Northeastern Syria, complained of being forbidden from voting in the Iraqi parliament elections because they were not provided with ballot boxes.

The head of the al-Hol Iraqi refugee camp in Syria, Syed Ali Khalaf, told SMART that the Iraqi government has prevented 40,000 Iraqi refugees in Syria, including 9,000 refugees in the camp, from voting. This comes despite some candidates earlier running an election advertising campaign in the camp.

Khalaf stated that they contacted the Nineveh governorate council and its deputies. However, the council told them that they did not transfer the ballot boxes to the camp due to its non-dependence on the Syrian government.

Khalaf added that Iraqi refugees have a right to vote as do the rest of the Iraqis in Turkey, and other countries.

One of the Iraqi tribal elders of the camp, Khudair al-Qutb, said, “Wasting our vote in the election is a deliberate policy to weaken the Sunni vote in Nineveh, where the number of votes do not exceed 10 percent, while the votes in Najaf exceed 80 percent."

Al-Qutb called on the Iraqi government to provide a supplementation that would enable refugees to vote.

The director of the al-Hol camp, Sulaf Sheikho, said that they provided all the facilities for Iraqi refugees to be able to participate in the electoral process, but the Iraqi government decided at the last minute not to send the ballot boxes to them, which caused resentment among the refugees.

The Iraqi Union Court announced that May 12 is the date for the parliamentary elections in Iraq, after a controversy took place inside the parliament, where Sunni and Kurdish blocs called for postponing the elections because of the number of refugees who have not returned to their villages and areas.

The al-Hol camp, run by the Kurdish Autonomy Administration in the countryside of al-Hasakah, is for refugees who have escaped from Islamic State-controlled areas. The camp includes more than 3,990 families (16641 persons), 2,807 Iraqi families and 79 foreign families.

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