ITF Reps letter to IHEC

 

IRAQI TURKMEN FRONT- EUROPEAN UNION REPRESENTATION

BRUSSELS-BELGIUM

 

IRAK TÜRKMEN CEPHESİ- AVRUPA BİRLİĞİ TEMSİLCİLİĞİ

BRÜKSEL-BELÇİKA

 

ممثلية الجبهة التركمانية العراقية لدى الاتحاد الأوربي 

بروكسل- بلجيكا

 

Tel : +32 /(0) 495 44 06 29   +32/(0) 65 31 40 21

e-mail : htwalli@skynet.be  website : www. Kerkuk.net

 

Brussels 18th February 2010.

To the attention of the President of the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC): Baghdad – IRAQ

Copy to:-

The Director of the Office for the voting of the Iraqis living outside Iraq: IHEC office in Erbil-Iraq.

The Director of the Office responsible for the voting of the Iraqis in Holland: IHEC office in The Hague –The Netherlands.

Dear Sirs,

The Iraqi people are looking forward with great hope and high expectations to the next Parliamentary elections, scheduled to take place on 7th March 2010 inside Iraq, and on 5th,  6th and 7th of March 2010 in 16 foreign countries for the voting of Iraqis living outside Iraq.

All patriotic Iraqis who love their country and aim at serving the Iraqi people by defending their rights and rebuilding their country after years of war, destruction and occupation, hope that these coming elections will be fair and clean, without any cheating, ballot rigging, manipulation, threats or intimidations which unfortunately took place in the past two parliamentary elections in Iraq.

Iraqis expect that these coming elections will take place in a peaceful and democratic environment so that the majority of them can participate and cast their votes during these elections, the results of which will hopefully reflect the true representation of all the components of the Iraqi people, without discrimination, marginalization or assimilation of any community, ethnic group or political organization representing any of the communities composing the Iraqi people.

This can only be achieved if the elections take place under the strict control and vigilant supervision of IHEC, with the participation of an adequate number of international observers, from the U.N., the E.U, and some well known and well established international NGOs which have experience in supervising elections and have been active in the field of promoting democracy in countries where its concept is relatively new and its application is still facing some problems and difficulties as in Iraq.

Your organization, the IHEC, bears a huge responsibility in making the coming Parliamentary elections a success by duly informing the Iraqi people, by effectively promoting the democratic process in Iraq, by doing your utmost in contributing to provide a peaceful environment during the electoral campaign as well as during the voting day all over Iraq.

It is of extreme importance that all Iraqi citizens can freely access to the polling centres to cast their votes for the list and for the candidate of their own free choice and then safely return to their homes after accomplishing their democratic duty.

We, the representatives of the Iraqi Turkmens’ political and civil society organizations in the European Union, in Turkey and in Syria have noticed and witnessed clear shortcomings of the IHEC with respect to informing the Turkmens in their own language (Turkish) even in areas and regions of Iraq which are densely populated by Turkmens, such as in the governorates of Mosul, Erbil, Kerkuk, Salah Al-din, Diyala and Baghdad.

Indeed, a few days ago we have seen on Turkmeneli TV an intolerable discrimination against the Turkmens during a meeting organized by IHEC to which some Turkmen civil society representatives had been invited, and for which IHEC had prepared booklets and banners written in Arabic, Kurdish and Assyrian only, and nothing in Turkish ! Even though the IHEC know very well that the Turkmens represent Iraq’s third main ethnic group and Kerkuk’s main ethnic community.   

The above example is a flagrant violation of Turkmens’ constitutional rights, as the constitution recognises the Turkmens’ language (Turkish) as an official language in Iraq, wherever Turkmens represent a high density of population.

We, Turkmens, deplore this shortcoming and demand that from now on all publications by IHEC, related to the elections concerning the governorates and regions of Iraq where Turkmens live and represent the first, the second or the third community, be published also in the Turkish language alongside the other two official languages of Iraq (Arabic and Kurdish).

These electoral material and publications which are published by IHEC for the coming elections may include informative booklets, procedures, electoral lists, and posters.

We request that any such IHEC material also be sent to all foreign countries where the Turkmen Diaspora exists in great number and where elections will be organised such as in Canada, Denmark, Germany, Holland, Iran, Jordan, Syria, Sweden, Turkey, UK, USA etc…      

Participation to the next Parliamentary election is not only a fundamental right given to all Iraqi citizens above 18 years of age, but it is also the duty of all Iraqis who are eager to establish a true and solid democracy in Iraq.

We, Turkmen representatives in the European Union, Syria and Turkey, are doing our best in promoting the upcoming election and encouraging our community members and all our Iraqi compatriots to participate in the next election.

We aim at contributing to make this coming election a success, consolidating the political process and establishing a real democracy in Iraq.

We trust that you will respond positively to our legitimate requests soon and we wish you all the best and success in your important task.

May God help all patriotic and sincere citizens of Iraq.  

Yours truly,

Dr. Hassan AYDINLI                                    

Iraqi Turkmen Front                                        

E.U. Representative                            

Brussels – Belgium.                                         

 

Ganim AUTHMAN

Iraqi Turkmen Front

Germany Representative

Berlin – Germany

Sundus ABBAS

Iraqi Turkmen Front

U.K.  Representative

London – U.K.

Sadun KÖPRÜLÜ                        

Iraqi Turkmen Front                

Turkey Representative             

Ankara – Turkey      

Dr. Suphi N. TAVFIK  

Iraqi Turkmen Front

Syria Representative

Damascus – SYRIA

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