Violent Political Adverts TV Frustrate People
The adverts will engender social explosion within the Kurdish society
The Kurdish TV viewers are criticizing the Kurdish political parties because of their violent and unrealistic adverts broadcast in the TV channels every day. They allege that the adverts will negatively affect the psychological conditions of their family members.
Ako Al, 39 and a resident of the capital Erbil, says that he has decided not to watch the television channels which air the violent political adverts.
"There are lots of improper words that the candidates use during the debates and adverts. They will affect the psychology of the children. They attack each other in the debates and use harsh words," he said.
I would not like to make my home, Ali says, a place for the political conflicts and disputes. "I have told my family members to avoid watching the improper adverts and debates."
The election campaign started at the beginning of April, and it is scheduled to stop 24 hours before the election day on 30 April according to the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC).
The campaigns have been intensified in the past few days as the election day is approaching, and the candidates use the media outlets to defame and attack each other, without having the knowledge that they threaten the social stability in the country.
Dana Hama Salih, college professor and specialized in election campaign methods, says : "Around 70% of the adverts which have been published in the television channels were just an attempt to attack the other candidates. I cannot call them election propaganda."
"They should not promise the people of Kurdistan to undertake projects that they are not able to carry out in the next four years. They should speak rationally, otherwise they will lose the confidence of the people."
Hemin Omer, a social worker, told Kurdish media the adverts will cause "social explosion" within the Kurdish families. "There are family members within a house with different political affiliation, and the way the political parties are marketing themselves will influence the family relations negatively."
"When the children watch the television channels with their parents every day, they will transfer what they watch at home to the school environment. So, the political disputes will affect all the classes," says Omer.
The IHEC is the main official institution to punish the political parties when they violate the rules.
The IHEC announced that the political parties have committed 70 violations and they were all punished. The political parties were including Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), Change Movement (CM), Kurdistan Islamic Union (KIU), and Kurdistan Islamic Group (KIG).
Sirwan Ahmed, senior IHEC official, says that several media outlets were fined in the previous elections due to insulting a certain political party or candidate.