Initial results for Kurdistan parliamentary elections released
The ruling party, Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) won a majority vote in the September 21 parliamentary election, according to the initial official results released by IHEC on Saturday night.
In a press conference, which was held in Erbil on September 28, Sarbast Mustafa, head of the Independent High Electoral Committee (IHEC), announced the preliminary results of Kurdistan Parliamentary elections.
The IHEC’s preliminary tally of the popular vote showed KDP got 719, 004 votes and the main opposition Change Movement list held the second winning place with 446,095 votes.
Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) received 323, 867 votes. PUK, which was KDP’s major partner in the previous cabinet, placed third.
The Kurdistan Islamic Union (KIU) gained 178,681 votes while Kurdistan Islamic Group (KIG) has come fifth with 113, 260 votes.
The other results were as the following:
- Kurdistan Islamic Movement: 20, 795 votes
- Kurdistan Socialist Democratic Party: 11, 828
- Kurdistan Communist Party: 11, 768 - Thirst Direction: 8268 votes. More than 16 others lists that participated in the elections were not able to gain more than 6000 votes.
Parliamentary elections were held across the Kurdistan Region on 21 September 2013, with more than 1 000 candidates from 27 political parties and independents contested the 111 seats in the Iraqi Kurdistan Parliament.
At a press conference, head of Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC), Sarbast Mustafa, (left) next to a senior IHEC official (right) announces nine-five of the initial outcome of the 2013 Kurdistan legislative elections on September 28, 2013 in Erbil, capital city of Kurdistan Region.