Votes of KDP and PUK in­creased in Kirkuk

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

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.

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