With the Kurdistan elections set to be held on the 30th of September, controversy regarding participation has risen among both the population and the parties. Some political parties have decided to boycott the elections after their concerns surrounding the election lists were not addressed.
In the midst of intensive negotiations by the winning parties in the elections to form a new government in Iraq, the Independent High Electoral Commission has completed the process of manual counting, without expecting a significant change in the results.
The Iraqi Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) has announced that it has completed the manual recount of the votes from the country's May parliamentary elections. Many hope that this will speed the creation of the new government after months of political deadlock in Iraq.
In an open letter addressed to the Iraqi Parliament, the Chaldean-Assyrian Syriac community said that their constituency has been exploited as election tools by various groups. The letter also expresses the community's concern over the current electoral quota for the Kurdish parliament ahead of the Kurdistan elections.
Iraq's parliamentary elections set for May 12 will indirectly decide on a new prime minister and president. This is the fourth parliamentary elections since the 2003 US invasion of Iraq and the first since the liberation from ISIS.