The symposium held under the banner "Towards a common vision for the Success of Election", addressed four major pillars: the legal framework for elections discussed by Commissioner Qassem Al-Abboudi; administrative preparations made for elections discussed by Commissioner Hamdiya Al-Husainy; election anti-fraud measures discussed by Commissioner Amal Alberqader; and elections campaigns discussed by Commissioner Kareem Al-Tamimi. The introductory remarks were made by the Chairman and the entire conference was concluded by a general discussion. On the same day, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Mr. Ad Melkert, met with Mr. Faraj Al-Haydari to discuss the latest developments on the preparations underway for holding a national election scheduled for 7 March 2009.
Approximately 70 political entities were represented and 24 news outlets-Iraqi, regional and international-covered the event.