Vi­o­lent Po­lit­i­cal Ad­verts TV Frus­trate People

The ad­verts will en­gen­der so­cial ex­plo­sion within the Kur­dish so­ci­ety

The Kurdish Globe - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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