Internally displaced persons to register for provincial elections
Sulaimaniya’s Director General of the Independent Higher Electoral Commission has announced that Internally Displaced People (IDP) from the middle and south of Iraq can record their name in registration centers for the coming provincial elections.
Hawre Tofiq, the director, stated in a press conference that 60,000 people are currently living in the city. He added that there are five registration centers, in which they can record their names for the next provincial elections.
Following the worsening of the security situation after the 2003 Iraq war, around 189,000 families in the Arab-populated areas of the country were displaced internally, and the Kurdistan Region in the north, due to the better security situation and employment opportunities, became the destination of a significant portion of those Internally Displaced People (IDP).
The three provinces of the Region received 60,000 IDP families, of which only 20,000 have returned to their hometowns, according to the previous official statistics of the KRG. The remaining 40,000 still reside in the Region.
Tofiq added that the registration centers are located in Sulaimaniya, Kifri, Kalar, Said Sadiq and Chwar Qurna, adding that the IDPs have rarely visited the centers.
The director also said that the commission is now trying to start a media campaign in association with civil society organizations to encourage the IDPs to actively participate in the provincial elections.
Kurdish political parties have recently decided to make a strategic alliance in the crucial political disputed areas.
According to Khasro Goran, head of the Kurdistan Democratic Party's (KDP) Election Office, this alliance is open and everyone can join. He also added that all the political groups of the Kurdistan Region will participate in Mosul, Diyala, Kirkuk and Salahaddin as one united bloc.