- Original scheduled date: November 15, 2007
- First rescheduled date: December 31, 2007
- Second rescheduled date: May 31, 2008
- Third rescheduled date: TBD
Article 140 of the Iraqi Constitutions calls for a three-step process of “normalization” which seeks to reverse the Arabization policies enacted by the former regime. In this process, those previously evicted from Kirkuk are encouraged to return, which will be followed by a census and, finally, a referendum.
Initially planned for November 15, 2007, the referendum was delayed until December 31, 2007 because the “normalization” process had not yet been sufficiently completed. After the process had not been completed by January 2008, it was delayed once more until May 31, 2008. A number of confounding factors, including the timely distribution and completion of internal migration and compensation forms, contributed to this delay. As a result, both the census and the vote itself were pushed back.
The referendum was most recently delayed in favor of an indefinite date in the future as the prerequisite census had not yet been completed.
What is CKRO?
The Center for Kirkuk Referendum Operations (CKRO) is a collaborative initiative of the Center for Democracy and Society at Georgetown University. A policy institute and professional network, CKRO seeks to enable a successful vote in Iraq and refine the model for status referenda worldwide.
You can contact the Center at any time via email at CKRO@georgetown.edu.
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