Iraq’s independent elections commission announced Thursday that the parliamentary elections campaign, scheduled to start Sunday, would be postponed for five days, as confusion reigned over an appeals court decision that overturned a ban on hundreds of candidates.
How can unknown candidates have any chance in this election if they have just 24 days to advertise themselves and talk to the Iraqi people? A one month campaign was already a tight squeeze. How can the Iraqi people get to know the candidates in just three weeks?
Meanwhile the well-known and wealthy candidates like Allawi have been effectively campaigning via the media for weeks now. Iraq Pundit notes that "Some posters already are on the walls, and candidates are on TV several times a day talking about how much better they are than the next guy." This is extremely unfair to lesser known candidates.
To many Iraqis, Maliki's government seems to be trying everything they can to undermine candidates who may pose a threat to the incumbents in charge.
Most people seem to agree that Iraq should get on with its election.