Kurds to com­pete in elec­tions with­out hav­ing a united list

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

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.

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