Kurds voted for Provin­cial Coun­cil mem­bers af­ter 10 years

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - The Kur­dish Globe

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.

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