Iraqi panel allows banned candidates in poll

The ban was imposed by a controversial committee last month.

Iraqi panel allows banned candidates in poll

An Iraqi appeals panel has decided to allow nearly 500 candidates banned for alleged ties to Baath party to stand in the March election, electoral authorities said on Wednesday.

The ban was imposed by a controversial committee last month.

"The appeals panel decided to allow the banned candidates to participate in the next election and decided to postpone looking into the case until after the election," Hamdiya al-Husseini, a member of the Independent High Electoral Commission, said.

The candidates would not be able to assume office if they win until the panel has given a final ruling on their cases, she said.

The Justice and Accountability Commission, an independent body that aims in part to ensure the Baath party does not return to public life, said in January that a number of parties should be prevented from standing in the March 7 election.

The banned candidates had the right to contest the decision to the appeals board, which was hastily set up and consisted of seven unidentified judges.


Reuters

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