Eight political parties have registered for the upcoming parliamentary elections, with 87 female candidates running for office
The Elections Committee in Iraq’s Salahuddin Province has registered 333 candidates across 11 political alliances and 8 parties for the upcoming parliamentary elections, which are scheduled for May this year.
Check have been made by the Elections Committee to ensure that the registered candidates and parties are compliant with the election law that prevents them from campaigning until 11th April.
Among the total number of candidates registered for the elections, 87 are women, a figure that is a significant provincial increase on previous elections.
While many locals complain that the current elected politicians are ‘the same old faces’ who do not help people across the province, others are buoyed by the new faces that have registered with the Elections Committee this time round.
“We want new political candidates in Salahuddin,” began one man, “because as everyone knows, since 2003 we have seen the same faces merely shifting around various political positions”.
“In the past 4 years we haven’t seen any of the members of parliament representing Salahuddin,” said another local. “We haven’t seen any of their services [to the province], therefore as citizens we are generally looking for new faces, candidates that are willing to work, provide services, and be with the people”.
A diverse range of more than 80 political parties have signed up for the upcoming parliamentary elections in Iraq. This includes a number of significant Shia and Sunni blocs, minority and secular parties, as well as Abd al-Bari al-Mutlaq, an individual representing IDPs.
And while identity politics still remains a key facet of political life in Iraq, there is a noticeable movement towards issue politics, where matters such as corruption and reconstruction on the national level have started to be addressed.