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.
Some members in the Iraqi Council of Representative are seeking to pass legislation which extends their term in parliament until the recount process is over. The extension proposal has caused a lot of debate amongst politicians and parliamentarians.
The number of security troops allowed to take part in the special vote is 943,639.While the main polling takes place on 12 May, the “special voting” for servicemen from various branches of the military and security forces, takes place two days earlier.
Lebanon heads to general elections for the first time in nine years. This is the first elections to include the 82k expat voters, totaling the total registered voters at 3.6 million. This election also sees a new Electoral system in which voters will vote twice, once for coalitions and once for the candidate.