The Iraqi Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) on Wednesday (March 13th) invited 198 international organisations to monitor the country's upcoming local elections.
Invitations have been sent to international agencies affiliated with the UN, the European Union and other international and local monitoring groups by way of Iraqi embassies, according to Meqdad al-Sharifi, head of IHEC's electoral department.
In addition to monitoring the elections, set for April 20th, the organisations have been asked to share their experience in this field.
"The goal of these invitations is to ensure more transparency and soundness in the electoral process," al-Sharifi told Al-Shorfa. "Iraq will receive these organisations and meet all their needs, which include ensuring the safety of their movements inside the country."
"Most of the organisations have accepted IHEC's invitation," he said.