The Iraqi Parliament in September passed a version of the long-awaited provincial elections law, paving the way for a vote in January. The measure did not include earlier provisions allocating a set number of seats to Christians and other minority religions.
The Iraqi Independent High Electoral High Commissions Thursday said, following a meeting with officials from the U.N. Assistance Mission to Iraq, that lawmakers needed to address the articles for minority representation before Wednesday, Voices of Iraq reported.
Lawmakers had set a Jan. 31 date for elections in 14 of Iraq's 18 provinces. Elections were postponed in the three Kurdish provinces, however, while negotiations continued over whether the oil-rich province of Kirkuk should be part of Iraqi Kurdistan or greater Iraq.
Muhsin al-Saadon with the Kurdistan Alliance said lawmakers had completed a draft version of the provincial elections law and will vote on the matter in Monday's session.