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Religious mottoes found in campaigning materials.

Summary: Campaigning with religious slogans a violation of commission regulations.

Ministry of Religious Affairs is concerned over the use of religious slogans in the campaigns, and mullahs being warned not to campaign during Friday prayers.The Ministry of Endowment and Religious Affairs of Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has voiced concern in a statement over the use of religious symbols by some Iraqi Parliament candidates in Kurdistan for electoral campaigns.Though the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) has banned the use of religious mottoes and places for campaigns, many candidates in Kurdistan Region are using the religious idiom and attire for campaigning, the statement said. Most of the religious slogans are being used by Kurdistan Islamic Group (KIG), headed by Ali Bapir."The mottoes are found on thousands of banners and posters. Many of them have been scattered by wind on the streets where they are stepped on by pedestrians and vehicles, which is offending the Islamic doctrine way before violating the commission's regulations," the statement added.The Ministry is calling on relevant authorities to stop the violations, and it's appealing to candidates to respect the Islamic mottoes and photos of Mosque pulpits and religious terms.Moreover, the spokesperson of the Ministry of Endowment and Religious Affairs, Mariwan Naqshbandi, said the Ministry has warned a number of mullahs (clerics) not to campaign for any political parties inside the mosque."Until now, the Ministry has suspended one mullah and warned several for campaigning for some political parties during the Friday prayers," said Naqshbandi.

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Publication:The Kurdish Globe (Erbil, Iraq)
Date:Feb 27, 2010
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