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C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 02 BAGHDAD004960SUBJECT: VIOLENT ACTS OF INTIMIDATION MARR THEELECTION CAMPAIGN
Classified By: CLASSIFIED BY POLITICAL COUNSELORROBERT S. FORD, FOR REASONS 1.4 (B) AND (D).¶1. (C) Summary. During early December we heardreports of blackmail, kidnapping and murder ofpolitical candidates and campaign workers in therun- up to the national elections. Numerousincidents have been reported to the SeniorRepresentative of the United Nations SecretaryGeneral (SRSG) and Independent Electoral Commissionof Iraq (IECI) and have reportedly received noresponse. Political contacts seek USG assistanceand to apply pressure to the IECI to act. With ourencouragement, IECI Commissioner Safwat Sidqi helda press conference December 8 in which he condemnedcampaign violence. The Ambassador issued astatement condemning violence against those workingon election campaigns on December 10. We areurging political parties to make similar statementsand act upon them. These incidents of violence,while reprehensible, are not preventing a seriouspolitical campaign or robbing Iraqis of realchoices at the ballot box. End Summary.