Iraq: Politicians Are Using Propaganda to Attract Voters
|April 24, 2014||Filled under Iraq Daily News|
Iraq Daily News -
In the frenzied competition continues among the candidatesto win seats in theupcoming parliamentary electionsin Iraq, the new political entities in non-traditional and innovative waysto attract the attention of voters.
These methods use giant screens mounted on trucks roaming the streets and songs or poems passionate urges citizens to vote for an electoral list, used cars and three-wheeled vehicles as mobile advertising.
Other political parties also erected a marquee near the intersections of roads and bridges and plazas above the chants and distributed them cards and promotional flags at passers-by.
Mohammed Al-Rubaie, said Baghdad provincial Council member and a candidate list of coalition “citizen” that diversity in the methods of propaganda, not breaking the law, is “healthy and civilised” phenomenon reflects the desire of the electoral lists to view programmes, plans for masses.
He said, “we tried during the campaign less reliance on different advertising media for our list we focused more on mixing with the fans as the most effective way. So we printed and distributed pamphlets to citizens explaining our goals and holding several conferences, meetings and seminars with the electorate.”
View the “using fixed and mobile screens, was among the most innovative media where gave us the opportunity to grab the attention of the audience and view our programs and our activities and our achievements in front of it.”
But Ihsan Al Awadi, a member of the Iraqi Parliament and the candidate on the list of “competencies and public,” says that regardless of the propaganda techniques used, the candidates should seize the rhythm of their campaigns and respect the public and show the face of the electoral process.
He said Awadi “space of freedom in our country to create a distinctive means of propaganda, but should not violate the law and are governed by the regulations and standards of electoral publicity work.”
“The most electoral lists has committed to its non-contravention of instructions on preventing the use of adhesives to install advertising banners and boards on columns and walls, and this is something I consider to be positive.”
Awadi noted that his list is preferred to follow the principle of “direct engagement” in election campaigns.
“Our advertising centered on sending candidates to explain the objectives of our programs and our achievements over the past years, through the Organization of meetings with citizens and rallies.”
Kev said, spokesman for the independent High Electoral Commission of Iraq campaign system no. 7 of 2013 puts certain selectors organize electoral campaigns in Iraq.
The system determines whether the advertisement is legal or not and contains several controls and conditions for voting behavior should be that entity or candidate.”
He said, for example, “can entities that violate the private or public property or distort other candidates or used public money or influence government job to influence voters.”
Sector include noted that the number of those who have been fined for committing electoral irregularities amounted to approximately 48 entities and candidates, pointing out that the UNHCR monitoring teams continue to pursue any violations of the order.
This is due to take place on the 30th of April of the current ballot to elect a new Parliament for the country and the other to choose new local councils in Kurdistan.
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