Votes of KDP and PUK increased in Kirkuk
The number of the votes of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) has increased in the Iraqi Parliamentary Elections in Kirkuk. The other Kurdish parties have lost many votes.
According to the preliminary result of the elections, the PUK is expected to win five seats and the KDP will win one or two seats. The Change Movement (Gorran) has said that it will most likely to win one seat. None of the Islamic political parties, Kurdistan Islamic Union (KIU) and Kurdistan Islamic Group (KIG) can gain any seat.
Kirkuk is very significant for the PUK and it is actually called the “green castle”. The PUK won five seats in the last Iraqi Parliamentary Elections in 2010. This time it has increased its votes remarkably.
In 2010, the PUK gained around 143,000 votes but in the recent elections, according to sources within the party, it has garnered around 170,000.
A PUK senior official who wished to remain anonymous told The Kurdish Globe :“Increasing the PUK votes in Kirkuk was not really a big surprise because it was expected by the party before the elections.”
He also stated that his party has seriously served the interests of the residents of the province during the past years that’s why they gave their sup- port and confidence to the PUK.
According to the informal preliminary results, the number of the increased votes of the KDP is estimated to be around 20,000 compared to the 2010 elections. The party got around 43,000 votes in the last elections.
The numbers might slightly change in the final result of the elections. People are waiting for the Iraqi Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) to announce the final outcome in the last week of May.
A KDP official who rejected to say his name said that his party lost many votes in the 2010 elections because both KDP and PUK took part in a united list. “Many of the KDP votes went to the PUK candidates.”
However, in the April elections, the yellow party, KDP, decided to participate in the elections separately. The reason was to show the other parties, the KDP official said, that it can gain many votes in the heart of the green castle.
Regarding the number of the votes of the former opposition party, Gorran, its votes dropped from 36,000 to 22,000.
Based on the amended IHEC laws, Gorran might win one seat out of 12 parliamentary seats in Kirkuk.
The IHEC has dedicated 12 seats for the province based on the number of the population which is estimated to be around 1,200,000.
Gorran officials believe that there are two reasons for their defeat in the elections. First, it did not have strong candidates for the elections. Second, the party nominated only three candidates this time compared with 12 last time.
Like Gorran, the most popular Islamic political party in Kurdistan, the KIU, lost many supporters in the elections. Its votes dropped from 24,000 to only 5,000. It has been considered as a great setback for the party.