After years of stagnant politics, unpaid salaries and corruption, Kurds have lost faith in politics. This shrunk the turnout of registered Kurdish voters for the upcoming parliamentary elections. However, observers say that this election could disrupt the delicate balance of power between the main Kurdish parties.
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.
On Thursday, the four Kurdish opposition parties met to discuss the upcoming Kurdish elections set to be held in September. Leaders from Gorran, the Kurdistan Islamic Union (KIU), the Kurdistan Islamic Group (KIG), and the Coalition for Democracy and Justice (CDJ) discussed the importance of holding a clean election.
Officials in The Iraqi Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) have stated that the results of the manual recount show that no fraud has taken place in over 85 ballots boxes recounted in Qadisiya Province, in Southern Iraq.
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.
Claims of electoral fraud during recent parliamentary elections in Iraq are more likely to stem from frustrated outgoing politicians. Regardless, political blocs are forming coalitions in order to form the new government.
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.
Six Kurdish Parties including Gorran, the Kurdistan Islamic Union (KIU), and Coalition for Democracy and Justice (CDJ), reject the results for the Iraqi Parliamentary elections over accusations of 'fraud'.