Amid objections to timing, campaigning for Kurdistan Region's Parliamentary elections has kicked off on Tuesday. Voters will be seeing election campaigns scattered throughout the region, of nominees running to win one of the 111 seats in the Kurdish parliament.
The Iraqi Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) have rejected the Iraqi Parliament's request for a manual recount of 10% of the votes and the rejecting of IDP and expat votes. IHEC officials stated that only the Iraqi Supreme Federal Court has the power to cancel results.
On Monday, May 28th the Iraqi Council of Representatives held a session to discuss the May election results. The non-binding resolution that resulted, called for the rejection of Iraqi expat voters and IDPs and a manual recount in Kirkuk.
Among the main violations that occurred was that some polling stations were not opened in time for the elections. While on the other hand, there were incidents where some parties were promoted in the polling stations. As a result, many parties in Iraq have rejected the results.
There is a parity in male and female candidates for the municipal elections on May 6th in Tunisia. Additionally, one in ten candidates has a disability. The new electoral regulations on equality is hoped to distribute representation and opportunity fairly across the country.