Kurds voted for Provincial Council members after 10 years
The residents of Kurdistan went to ballot boxes on Wednesday, 30 April, to elect new Provincial Council Members and new Parliamentarians to represent them in Baghdad.
The analysts believe that the political landscape of Kurdistan might not change noteworthy compared to the last September election, in which the Change Movement (Gorran) gained many votes and came second and left the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) behind.
The political parties enjoy a geographical division as the Kurdistan Democratic Party’s (KDP) stronghold is the capital of the autonomous Kurdistan Region Erbil and Duhok. While the PUK and Gorran are most popular in Sulaimani and Garmiyan Region.
According to the media outlets close to Gorran, it will win Sulaimani’s governor post in the elections. Meanwhile, the PUK media say that it has gained the majority of the votes in the province of Sulaimani in the second poll.
It is worth mentioning that the Iraqi Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) has not formally announced the result of either Kurdish Provincial or Iraqi Parliamentary elections so far.
The provincial council elections should be held every four years, but the last one was held around 10 years ago.
The Kurdish parties fought on two fronts in the elections, one in the Provincial Council and the second to the Iraqi Parliament.
The KDP’s strong candidate in Erbil for the Provincial Council election was Nawzad Hadi, the current governor. He is expected to gain the majority of the votes and come in the first place. He is fighting to maintain his position.
The IHEC announced the counting process will take almost one month, denying all the informal figures pub- lished by the media about the results of the elections.
The KDP has already announced that it has won Erbil and Duhok Councils. Gorran has also announced a great victory in Sulaimani as well as its votes doubled in Duhok, in comparison to the last election. While the PUK has announced its votes have increased in Erbil. It also announced a great triumph in Sulaimani and started a psychological warfare against the Gorran Movement.
Kurdistan Regional Government Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani raises his ink-stained finger after he voted in the Iraqi parliamentary and provincial council elections on April 30, 2014.