Whom are the seats for?

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - EX­EC­U­TIVE ED­I­TOR

Elec­tion is an im­por­tant as­pect of con­struct­ing a demo­cratic sys­tem. The wider and more-opened the process, more con­fi­dence there would be be­tween peo­ple and au­thor­ity. The im­por­tant thing is that how to pave the way to vot­ers to elect their rep­re­sen­ta­tives with con­fi­dence and with­out pres­sure.

Mo­sul and An­bar elec­tions which had been post­poned few months by Bag­dad, was an im­por­tant step to the joint Kur­dish list. The sig­nif­i­cance of be­ing uni­fied within a sin­gle list to Kur­dis­tan with all com­po­nents can be demon­strated through some points. The unity of Kur­dish par­ties will strengthen Kurd’s po­si­tion in the ar­eas out­side Kur­dis­tan Re­gion, it shows that the vot­ers par­tic­i­pate in a Kur­dish spirit, at the same time ev­ery party will clearly and prac­ti­cally com­pete to get more votes, which is demo­crat­i­cally more con­vinced.

PDK rep­re­sen­ta­tives in Mo­sul and ar­eas of the prov­ince were able to get most of the votes for eleven seats. Other par­ties of op­po­si­tion couldn't win enough votes to have even one seat.

In this process, it's not im­por­tant which party have got most seats, but more im­por­tant thing is the large num­ber of par­tic­i­pa­tion by Kurds and other com­po­nents. In fact, PDK has al­ways had dom­i­na­tion and power over Mo­sul, whether dur­ing the era of rev­o­lu­tion, or dur­ing the power of Kur­dis­tan Re­gion gov­ern­ment. That's why it is nor­mal that it get this pro­por­tion of the seats. What's ab­nor­mal is that some Kur­dish and Ara­bic es­ti­ma­tions who thought that PDK is step­ping back­ward and can­not get ma­jor­ity of the seats, have come false. It's also an im­por­tant les­son for PDK that for main­tain­ing its pub­lic bal­ance in those ar­eas, it should con­cern about pro­vid­ing ser­vices and projects, and se­cu­rity for peo­ple in the ar­eas, be­cause vot­ers' in­ter­est and res­o­lu­tion have been changed nowa­days. This elec­tion will be a great les­son for Par­lia­men­tary and Pro­vin­cial elec­tions as well.

In this process, who­ever wins, means win­ning of Kur­dis­tan in the elec­tions, be­cause it strength­ens Kurds' po­si­tion and Kurds' share in Bag­dad gov­ern­ment in those ar­eas. That's why get­ting more seats and in­creas­ing vot­ers rate will strengthen Kur­dis­tan's po­si­tion.

If we com­pare Kurds' vot­ing rate with other par­ties in Iraq, it ap­pears that Kurds par­tic­i­pa­tion in the elec­tions was of wider range. Com­pe­ti­tion among Kur­dish par­ties was se­ri­ous. Some par­ties crit­i­cized PDK as it won a great deal of votes. For in­stance Kur­dis­tan Is­lamic Union crit­i­cizes not get­ting votes in Ezi­dies ar­eas. They've for­got­ten that they rep­re­sent a po­lit­i­cal Is­lamic group, and PDK rep­re­sents all com­po­nents of Kur­dis­tan. PUK and Gor­ran say there has been forgery with­out pre­sent­ing any of­fi­cial ev­i­dence. Per­haps they don’t in­tend to ad­mit the re­al­ity that they were both one party just one year ago. They know that peo­ple of those ar­eas clearly sup­port PDK. So the mat­ter is con­cerned with PDK’s po­si­tion within the peo­ple of the ar­eas not forgery. Just like PDK as it wins a lim­ited num­ber of votes in Sle­many ar­eas be­cause PUK and Gor­ran have dom­i­na­tion over those ar­eas.

The im­por­tant thing is that win­ning ev­ery sin­gle vote, and in­creas­ing ev­ery sin­gle seat in the ar­eas of Mo­sul, is strength­en­ing of voice and po­si­tion of Kurds. And as PDK of­fi­cials in­di­cate, they as a Kur­dis­tani party, deals with the mat­ters within pub­lic in­ter­est, not lim­it­ing strate­gic is­sues for the sake of tem­po­ral mat­ters. So if the bal­ance of power was tilted in fa­vor of PDK, it doesn’t mean that this is the ab­so­lute end of the sit­u­a­tion. PDK should al­ways re­turn to unity of all par­ties for the sake of de­vel­op­ing Kur­dish ques­tion, though It is pre­dicted to step this way. So if we ask whom the seats are for? Po­lit­i­cally the ab­so­lute ma­jor­ity is for PDK, but na­tion­ally the seats are for all Kur­dis­tan. And what this in­di­cates and im­plies is clear.

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