Wednesday, October 05, 2005

UN condemns Iraq charter change

The United Nations has criticised changes to Iraq's electoral law that make it harder for Iraqis to reject the draft constitution.

The two-thirds majority needed in three provinces to defeat the constitution will now be counted from all registered - as opposed to actual - voters.

On Sunday Shia and Kurdish members of parliament pushed through the changes in the referendum rules on 15 October. Sunni Arabs reacted angrily to the amendments on Monday.


They believed many registered voters may not show up at the polls because of violence.

"We have expressed our position to the national assembly and to the leadership of the government," said Jose Aranaz, a legal adviser to the UN electoral team in Iraq, in an interview with Reuters news agency.

Mr Aranaz said parliament's decision was unacceptable and would not meet international standards

So what does all this mean , well it is simple , there was a very good chance of the constitutuion failing , and we couldn't have that could we ! . So the rules have been changed so that aslong as the turn out does not break all expectations and almost every living soul in Iraq (a diminishing number) votes then the constitution will pass

Of course it wont pass under the rules we were all told it would it need to go through , but no troops can come home and no good news stories can be told unless the constitution is accepted. So some not so bright spark decided to change the rules

The Sunni are at the table , they are trying to find a way forward , The rule change is a kick in the teeth to them.

Most people will know that more people turn to terrorism when they feel that they do not have a voice in the country. You take away the voice of the Sunni's and you can kiss goodbye to any peace in Iraq for many years

Is that what they want ?

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