Kurds dis­agree with post­pon­ing pro­vin­cial elec­tions

In ab­sence of a united Sunni Arab list, Kur­dish Coex­is­tence and Brother­hood list may win the ma­jor­ity of the pro­vin­cial seats.

The Kurdish Globe - - FRONT PAGE - By Salih Wal­ad­bagi

Armed ter­ror­ist groups have killed at least six can­di­dates of the up­com­ing pro­vin­cial coun­cil in the Sunni-ma­jor­ity province of Nin­eveh. Of­fi­cials have said at least 16 oth­ers have been wounded. Ac­cord­ing to KDP’s head of elec­tion of­fice in the province, Saied Ma­muzini, post­pon­ing the pro­vin­cial elec­tions is not in the in­ter­est of Kur­dish peo­ple.

Armed ter­ror­ist groups have killed at least six can­di­dates of the up­com­ing pro­vin­cial coun­cil in the Sunni-ma­jor­ity province of Nin­eveh. Of­fi­cials have said at least 16 oth­ers have been wounded. Ac­cord­ing to KDP’s head of elec­tion of­fice in the province, Saied Ma­muzini, post­pon­ing the pro­vin­cial elec­tions is not in the in­ter­est of Kur­dish peo­ple.

He fur­ther added that mur­der­ing the can­di­dates is a sig­nal that the se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion of the province is de­te­ri­o­rat­ing day af­ter day at a fast rate. “There are numer­ous lists get­ting ready to par­tic­i­pate in the pro­vin­cial elec­tions, but the most united list is that of Kur­dish Coex­is­tence and Brother­hood List. Most of the Arab lists have been di­vided into pieces, and they com­pete against each other to win as much as seats they can,” he said.

Ma­muzini who is also head of the Kur­dis­tan Demo­cratic Party’s 16th of­fice in Nin­eveh be­lieves that ev­ery­thing is ready to run an elec­tion and post­pon­ing the elec­tions will not be in the in­ter­est of Kurds.

Re­fer­ring to the Kur­dish peo­ple’s strong en­thu­si­asm for run­ning the elec­tions, he said that nei­ther the mur­dered can­di­dates nor those who with­draw from the elec­tions are Kurds.

Ma­muzini ad­di­tion­ally said that the Kur­dish list is com­mit­ted to the reg­u­la­tions of the In­de­pen­dent High Elec­toral Com­mis­sion, adding if the com­mis­sion comes to a de­ci­sion to bring the elec­tion cam­paigns to an end the Kur­dish Coex­is­tence and Brother­hood List (CBL) will act upon the de­ci­sion.

“Iraq’s Par­lia­ment is the only leg­isla­tive party who can dis­solve the de­ci­sion to post­pone the pro­vin­cial elec­tions in Nin­eveh,” he said.

Nin­eveh’s pro­vin­cial coun­cil con­sists of 36 seats plus six quota seats. All Kur­dish po­lit­i­cal par­ties will take part with one united list and there are 44 Kur­dish can­di­dates who com­pete to win as much seats as they can.

The of­fi­cial elec­tion cam­paigns have al­ready started in all the Iraqi prov­inces ex­cept the three Kur­dish prov­inces of Er­bil, Sile­mani and Duhok as well as the dis­puted oil-rich province of Kirkuk since March 1, 2013. Iraq’s cab­i­net post­poned the elec­tions in the two Sunni prov­inces of Nin­eveh and An­bar due to de­te­ri­o­rat­ing se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion be­cause of protests since late De­cem­ber. The elec­toral com­mis­sion an­nounced that the elec­tion cam­paigns would end on April 20.

Ac­cord­ing to a de­ci­sion is­sued from Iraq’s cab­i­net, the up­com­ing elec­tions will be post­poned in the two Sunni prov­inces for at least six months.

A Kur­dish man and woman with their son seen here out­side of a polling sta­tion, dur­ing the 2010 Iraq's par­lia­men­tary elec­tions.

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