Kurds to compete in elections without having a united list
More than 10 high-ranking politicians are competing to win as many seats in the upcoming elections in the province of Kirkuk. Meanwhile, the Kurdish parties do not have a united list neither in Kirkuk nor in Nineveh.
According to a reliable source in Kirkuk, three ministers, a governor, a deputy to the governor as well as 10 provincial council members are competing within 26 lists and coalitions to win the majority of the 12 seats.
The Independent High Electoral Commission- IHEC -has decided to conduct the Iraqi legislative and the Kurdish provincial council elections on 30 April, 2014.
Around 312 candidates in Kirkuk from Kurdish, Arab, Turkmen and Christian lists have been nominated by the political parties to enter the competition for the Iraqi Parliament.
The most dominant figures in the city who fight to enter the Iraqi Parliament are the Iraq's Ministers of Environment, Education and State Minister for Provincial Affairs. In addition, there are seven members of the Parliament seen on the lists.
Consistent with the official-IHEC- statistics, the province of Kirkuk has a population of around 1, 200, 000 . Based on the number of the citizens, the -IHEC -has allocated 12 seats for the province in the Iraqi Parliament. That means one Member of the Parliament (MP) will represent 100, 000 people.
There are seven Kurdish political parties in Kirkuk including: the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) led by the ailing President Jalal Talabani, the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) led by Kurdistan Regional President Massoud Barzani, the Change Movement [Gorran], led by Noshirwan Mustafa, which diverged from the PUK, the Kurdistan Islamic Union (KIU) led by Mohammed Faraj, the Kurdistan Islamic Group (KIG) led by Ali Bapir, the Kurdistan Islamic Movement (KIM) and the National Democratic Coalition (NDC) which consist of three small parties.
In the last Iraqi parliamentary elections in 2010, the Kurdish parties won six seats in Kirkuk. The lion's share went to the PUK, five of the six seats. The KDP won the remaining seat only.
The Arab parties have formed 10 lists and coalitions to participate in the upcoming elections in Kirkuk.
It is worth mentioning that the Turkmen parties won two seats in the last election, and now they have a single list for the election ahead.
According to a source from the Provincial Council of Nineveh, the Kurdish parties here again are not united in the province. This will have serious consequences for the final result. They will certainly lose votes. The KDP and PUK have not been able to form a united list neither in Kirkuk nor in Nineveh.
Moreover, the behavior of the political parties in the disputed areas has made the people frustrated. They fear that the disagreement between the KDP and the PUK may lead to a national defeat in those areas.
According to official figures, the population of the province of Nineveh is estimated to be around 3, 675,000 . Out of which around 1, 907, 457 people are eligible to vote in the upcoming elections.
The IHEC has allocated 34 parliamentary seats for the province plus three quota seats for the minorities of Christians, Shabak and Yezidis. Around 29 lists and coalitions are competing to win as many seats as possible in the elections.
There are lots of Kurds living in Nineveh and the eastern part of the province is considered as disputed areas. The Kurdish parties won eight seats in the last Iraqi parliamentary election here, of which the KDP won seven seats and the PUK won the remaining seat only.