International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

The Post 2003 Iraqi Electoral Laws: A Comparison and An Assessment
Shak Bernard Hanish

Abstract
In this paper, I will review the current Iraqi Election Law that was adopted by the Iraqi Parliament on December 2009, which was applied to March 2010 Iraqi national election. I will analyze the election law and compare it to the previous election laws that were adopted by various Iraqi legislative bodies following the U.S. invasion of Iraq in April 2003. In my paper, I will assess the Iraqi Election Law to see if it is a real democratic election law, if it confirms to the Iraqi Constitution, and if it allows fair representation of diverse ethnic groups, political trends, and Iraqis living in Diasporas. In this paper, I will present a literature review of the various electoral systems around the world and to distinguish one that is more suitable to the Iraqi situation. Finally, I will propose some recommendation to remedy the faults of the current election law in Iraq after presenting my conclusion on the issue.

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