BAGHDAD, Feb. 4 (Xinhua) -- The Iraqi government Thursday said the decision to allow hundreds of banned candidates accused of alleged ties to Saddam Hussein's regime to run in the country's upcoming elections is "illegal."
The government remarks came a day after an Iraqi appeals panel allowed hundreds of banned candidates accused of alleged ties to Saddam Hussein's regime to take part in the country's upcoming elections in March on Wednesday.
Ali al-Dabbagh, the government spokesman, said in a statement on his website that "The postponing of implementing the law of the accountability and justice commission till after the elections is illegal and unconstitutional."
Last month, the Iraqi Independent High Electoral Commission said that more than 500 Iraqi politicians were banned from running in the national vote over alleged links to Saddam's Baath party.
Several top Sunni leaders, including the Sunni secular Saleh al- Mutlaq, were blacklisted.
Iraq is scheduled to hold the general elections in early March.