The Role of the Yazidis in the par­lia­men­tary elec­tions

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

In the four parts of Kur­dis­tan, fifty mil­lion Kurds built up great hopes of build­ing a bet­ter Kur­dis­tan in the par­lia­men­tary elec­tions that took place in the Iraqi Kur­dis­tan re­gion on Satur­day. The ap­prox­i­mately 3 mil­lion el­i­gi­ble vot­ers voted for one of the 31 po­lit­i­cal en­ti­ties com­pet­ing for seats in the 111-seat par­lia­ment seats, with 100 of the seats be­ing de­scribed as gen­eral and 11 be­ing al­lo­cated to rep­re­sen­ta­tives of re­li­gious and eth­nic mi­nori­ties in the re­gion. The Yazidi Kurds played an im­por­tant role in the par­lia­men­tary elec­tions, with 16 000 votes cast in all: 12 000 within Kur­dis­tan and another 4 000 out­side the re­gion. The Yazidis voted into par­lia­ment will serve as rep­re­sen­ta­tives for their peo­ple and help en­act laws, many of which will con­cern Yazidi is­sues—pri­mar­ily their per­sonal sta­tus. The Yazidis have ex­pressed their hap­pi­ness at be­ing able to vote for their rep­re­sen­ta­tives in the Kur­dis­tan par­lia­ment. Shekh Shamo, an elec­tion can­di­date for the par­lia­men­tary elec­tion, urged Yazidis to par­tic­i­pate and cast their votes—pri­mar­ily for the de­vel­op­ment of Kur­dis­tan, and se­condly to have a rep­re­sen­ta­tive in par­lia­ment. Shamo added that he had worked hard to ex­plain the goals he aims to serve for the Yazidis and for a bet­ter Kur­dis­tan. He added that he hoped ev­ery Yazidi would par­tic­i­pate in this elec­tions—if they did, the sit­u­a­tion would change and we would be al­lo­cated more than ten seats in line with Ar­ti­cle 140 of the Iraqi con­sti­tu­tion. Ac­cord­ing to some sources, Shamo re­ceived be­tween 8 500 and 9 500 votes; Ali Yazdin, another Yazidi can­di­date from the Yakati list, got be­tween 1 500 and 2 000 votes. Haveen Mustafa, a Yazidi voter, ex­pressed her hap­pi­ness at cast­ing her vote to a Yazidi nom­i­nee: “I am very happy to have nom­i­nees rep­re­sent­ing Yazidis in Kur­dis­tan's par­lia­ment; it is the duty of ev­ery Yazidi who is el­i­gi­ble to cast their vote in this elec­tion”. “It’s very im­por­tant, too, to have some­one con­cerned about us in par­lia­ment,” added Mustafa. Another young man who wished to re­main anony­mous said: “We went en- thu­si­as­ti­cally to the bal­lot box to cast our votes to serve our nom­i­nees; later they will serve us”. Hav­ing Yazidi rep­re­sen­ta­tives in the Kur­dis­tan par­lia­ment is a step to­ward progress and co­ex­is­tence in the re­gion— things ev­ery Yazidi wants.

An old woman who cast her vote on elec­tion day.

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