Coexistence and Brotherhood List to start election campaign
“Around 8,155 candidates have been registered in 139 lists across the country to try to win 447 seats in 15 provinces”.
Kurdish Coexistence and Brotherhood List, which includes eight Kurdish political parties in the province of Mosul, has recently started an election campaign for the upcoming provincial election in Iraq.
The list includes both leading ruling parties; Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), and Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK). Leading opposition parties are also included in the list; Gorran Movement, Kurdistan Islamic Union (KIU) and Kurdistan Is- lamic Group (KIG). Other parties such as the socialist and communist parties are also included. A total of 44 candidates will compete to win 42 seats in the provincial council.
Saeed Mamoozini, spokesperson for the KDP 14th office in Mosul, told the Kurdish news agencies that the list has been introduced to people a few days ago. He also stated that the list has a very indepth plan to compete in the upcoming Iraqi provincial election.
He highlighted that the list is as powerful and united as it should be and went on to explain that the unification of Kurdish political parties in the upcoming election is a very “positive” move forward for Kurdish politics. The major objective of the list, he said, is to be united as one voice outside the Kurdistan Region in order to not let other entities to take advantage from the break between the Kurdish parties.
There are almost 1 million voters in the province of Mosul and the provin- cial council in any province consists of 42 seats. In the last provincial election in Iraq, Kurdish political entities won 12 seats in Mosul, while a large number of Kurdish votes disappeared due to participating in different lists.
According to a political accord signed by the Kurdish entities, the KDP will be the head of the list in the province of Mosul, the PUK in Diala and Gorran Movement in the oil-rich province of Kirkuk, Socialist party in the capital city of Baghdad and KIG in Salahaddin province. KIU will be the official speaker of the list, consistent with the accord. Sirwan Ahmed, a member of Independent High Electoral Commission, said that as the upcoming election approaches around 25 foreign media outlets, 5, 974 domestic NGO, 8, 305 observers from political entities as well as 550 domestic media outlets will be monitoring the election across the country.
“Around 8,155 candidates have been registered in 139 lists across the country to try to win 447 seats in 15 provinces,” he said.
The photo shows the logo of Kurdish Coexistence and Brotherhood List for the upcoming provincial elections in Iraq.