Iraqi, Kurdish: Will Presidential Elections Hold?

Iraqi, Kurdish: Will Presidential Elections Hold?.




The Kurdish Regional Government has announced new parliamentary and presidential elections on the first of November.

According to Iraqi Kurdistan’s Higher Election Commission, political parties have already registered their names for parliamentary elections, with the election campaign due to start on October 15.

However, officials are in contention about whether the elections will be actually held at the announced date.

Pire who said, according to (Al Jazeera).  the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group occupied their villages, in addition to 1.2 million Syrian refugees and IDP from south of Iraq."
"It is very difficult now to have a clean election under these elections."

It is likely the parliamentary elections will be held next year, he added.

The KRG’s last elections were held in September 2013, and run every four years.

The three main parties are the Kurdish Democratic Party (KDP), the PUK and Movement for Change (Gorran).

The Kurdish National Assembly has 111 seats, and a party needs to secure a majority of 56 seats or more.

General Mohammed Sabir of the Peshmerga said that the High Electoral Commission has not indicated that the elections will be postponed.

"There is a possibility that the elections will get postponed but there hasn’t been anything definitive yet," he added.

The confusion surrounding the timing of the elections comes in the aftermath of an independence referendum last month, which received an overwhelming support of 93 percent of votes.

However, Iraq’s central government in Baghdad has decried the non-binding referendum as unconstitutional and refused to recognise the result.

Furthermore, it responded by imposing a number of punitive measures, such as banning international flights to Erbil Airport in Iraqi Kurdistan, and halting foreign currency transfers to the northern region.

According to Iraqi Kurdish researcher Abdulla Hawez, the government in Baghdad is likely not to interfere in the elections, unless they take place in the disputed territories in the northern region, such as Kirkuk.

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