Whom are the seats for?
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.