Iraq and post-election change ..Hassan Hamed Al-Baldawi .. Regardless of the election results and the winning parties or blocs, it can be said that Iraq has succeeded in achieving the elections, which is a democratic achievement that counts for the Iraqi people, and for the government of Mustafa Al-Kazemi, which fulfilled its promise to hold early elections six months ahead of time, the fifth since the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, In line with the desire of thousands of demonstrators who took to the streets of Iraqi cities in 2019 calling for change, reform and the eradication of corruption.
The elections were an opportunity for the desired change, to get out of the tunnel of corruption and nepotism, and to fulfill the demands of the masses stifled by the economic crisis, inflation, high prices, deteriorating living conditions, paralysis of infrastructure, and the decline of basic services such as health and education.
As the percentage of voting reached 41 percent, according to the High Electoral Commission, out of 25 million eligible voters, a percentage that does not live up to what was hoped to achieve a real difference that enhances the desired change process, the election process itself took place quietly and without security problems. Remember, it was also characterized by transparency, and without recording any violations or fraud, according to the head of the European Union Election Observation Mission, Viola von Kramon, who said: “The mission did not record technical and technical problems at the polling stations... No violations since the start of voting.
This is a testimony to the Al-Kazemi government, the High Elections Commission and the Security Committee, and its success in coordinating among themselves to get the elections out in the manner in which they came out, and limiting the registration of 190 violations out of 8,273 electoral centers in various Iraqi regions, violations that did not affect the conduct of the electoral process, and will not affect the results. .
It can be said that Iraq has now entered a new phase bearing the slogan of change and reform. Perhaps the new team of people’s representatives can translate the anger of the Iraqi masses in the 2019 demonstrations into reality, through the realization of the slogans that the people raised and still insist on and hope to achieve now after the elections.
But the real change is not only through economic and social reforms, but rather through political reform that will rid Iraq of the epidemic of sectarianism and sectarianism, and put an end to the dominance of some forces, parties and militias, that is, by putting an end to the hateful quota system established by the American occupation, and returning Iraq to a homeland for all its citizens, in which everyone from the farthest reaches can enjoy From the south to the far north, and from the far east to the far west, with equality, freedom, justice and equal opportunities.
This is the real challenge, and this is the change that is required as a result of these elections