CASE STUDY : FIRST DEMOCRATIC ELECTIONS TO BE HELD POST-COALITION INVASION, IRAQ
- Following the Coalition invasion of Iraq and the return of sovereignty to the newly appointed Administration, Coalition authorities in conjunction with the UN commenced preparations for a country wide General Election to choose, under democratic process, a new popular Government representing the choice of the majority of Iraqis.
- Voter identification and registration processes to be implemented
- Ballot security and delivery to multiple ballot stations to be implemented in a secure manner
- Following the general election, recovery of ballot papers to central authority in Baghdad under secure escort, to minimise the risk of ballot tampering
- Countrywide security teams under central security management in Baghdad
- Delivery of voter registration forms (Phase 1) throughout Iraq
- Delivery of voter ballot forms (Phase 2) throughout Iraq
- Secure collection of voter ballot forms to central holding in Baghdad, pending counting and determination of winning party
- Use of aircraft to reduce “footprint” and minimise security threats from boycotting elements (Sunni insurgents) threatening to disrupt the election
- Successful delivery of all election materials throughout Iraq pre-election
- Successful collection of all election materials throughout Iraq post-election
- No significant material losses, no personnel losses, throughout the 5 months process
- Election results announced, IECI (Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq) announces successful implementation of electoral mandate.
- New democratically elected Government takes office