Politics & Economics

Key points on the upcoming Iraqi legislative elections

Iraq

As the date for the Iraqi Parliamentary elections nears, here are the main statistics and figures regarding this event. The election is set to be held on the 12th May, 2018.

From candidate scandals to poor advertising, much has been said in regards to the upcoming 2018 Iraqi Parliamentary elections. While there has been a lot of negative coverage on the elections, many are trying to focus on the positive factors that have resulted from campaigning so far.

Amongst these include the change of attitudes in cities that were once hotbeds for insurgents and ISIS militants. Citizens of Iraq’s Anbar Province have been eager to participate in these elections and hope to get their city properly represented and rebuilt.

The rise of social media platforms and media have made people much more aware of who they are voting for and what different candidates bring to the table.

As a result, this election has created two differing opinions: some who are reluctant to vote due to previous failed promises; and others who are determined to vote in order to change the future.

With the increase in the number of polling stations around Iraq, observers have assumed that there are more people who are determined to vote. This election is seeing Iraq test its first electronic voting system with 24 million Iraqis being able to utilise it across 8,000 polling stations.

300,000 IDPs still scattered around the Iraqi provinces will also have a chance to participate in the elections by casting their vote in one of the 196 polling stations spread out through 70 camps in 8 of Iraq’s provinces.

On May 12th, Iraqis will have to determine which 329 of the over 7,000 candidates will get the chance to represent them in Parliament. Amongst these 7000 candidates, 2000 women are competing for 83 seats specifically reserved for them.

The 7000 candidates are divided amongst 86 different coalitions and lists, the most prominent of which are the Victory Coalition, headed by PM Haider al Abadi, the Fatah Coalition headed by Hadi al Ameri, Wataniyah Coalition headed by Iyad Allawi, and the Qarar al Iraqi Coalition headed by Usama al Nujaifi.

The Christian, Yazidi, Sabean and Mandeans ethno-religious minority groups also have 8 seats allocated to them as part of Iraq’s quota system.