IHEC an­nounces re­sults of provin­cial coun­cil elec­tions

All par­ties, ex­cept the PUK, are wor­ried about the re­sults of the provin­cial coun­cil elec­tion re­sults

The Kurdish Globe - - FRONT PAGE - By Salih Wal­ad­bagi

The Iraqi In­de­pen­dent High Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (IHEC) re­leased the re­sults of the Kur­dish Provin­cial Coun­cil Elec­tions on 22 May, 2014. The re­sults are fi­nal­ized, but the door to file com­plaints is still open ac­cord­ing to the IHCE.

At a press con­fer­ence, the Com­mis­sion an­nounced the re­sults on Thurs­day, 22 May, in Saad Ab­dul­lah con­fer­ence hall in Er­bil, the cap­i­tal of the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion of Iraq.

The Iraqi In­de­pen­dent High Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (IHEC) re­leased the re­sults of the Kur­dish Provin­cial Coun­cil Elec­tions on 22 May, 2014. The re­sults are fi­nal­ized, but the door to file com­plaints is still open ac­cord­ing to the IHCE.

At a press con­fer­ence, the Com­mis­sion an­nounced the re­sults on Thurs­day, 22 May, at 12:00pm in Saad Ab­dul­lah con­fer­ence hall in Er­bil, the cap­i­tal of the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion of Iraq.

Ev­ery politi­cian from all the par­ties, with the ex­cep­tion of the Pa­tri­otic Union of Kur­dis­tan (PUK) ones, raised their eye­brows at the un­ex­pected re­sults.

The first po­lit­i­cal party that re­jected the re­sults was the Change Move­ment (Gor­ran). Gor­ran’s head of elec­tion room Aram Shiekh Mo­hammed told the Kur­dish me­dia that the votes are “changed.”

He said that there are documents to prove that the votes have been changed in fa­vor of a po­lit­i­cal party. He in­di­rectly men­tioned the PUK.

All the po­lit­i­cal par­ties as­signed elec­toral ob­servers dur­ing the elec­tion day to mon­i­tor the process. They reg­is­tered all the votes at the end of the day when the votes were counted. Later, they sent the re­sults to the po­lit­i­cal par­ties.

Four ma­jor Kur­dish par­ties in the prov­ince of Su­laimani, the Kur­dis­tan Demo­cratic Party (KDP), the Gor­ran, the Kur­dis­tan Is­lamic Union (KIU) and the Kur­dis­tan Is­lamic Group (KIG) ex­pressed their con­cerns about the re­sults of the elec­tions in Su­laimani.

The KDP also felt that its votes had been ma­nip­u­lated in Er­bil, where it has con­trolled the power for the past 20 years. A KDP of­fi­cial said that his party was ex­pected to win 13 seats in­stead of 12.

Head of IHEC Sar­bast Mustafa stated at the press con­fer­ence that the re­sults are 100% of­fi­cial.

The IHEC de­clared that the po­lit­i­cal par­ties filed some 87 com­plaints in both the spe­cial and the gen­eral elec­tions for the Provin­cial Coun­cil Elec­tions. The IHEC also re­it­er­ated that it checked the fin­ger prints to make sure that no one voted more than once.

The re­sults con­firmed that the PUK’s share of the num­ber seats has in­creased. This is in sharp con­trast to the big de­feat the party suf­fered in the last Septem­ber elec­tions.

The PUK is seem­ingly the most pleased party with both the Iraqi Leg­isla­tive and the Kur­dish Provin­cial Coun­cil Elec­tions. It is­sued a state­ment and thanked all the PUK vot­ers who par­tic­i­pated in the elec­tions. “Thank you, Thank you and Thank you,” the state­ment read. Er­bil KDP: 372,607 (12 seats) PUK: 168,603 (6 seats) Gor­ran: 108,117 (4 seats) Ko­mal: 57,907 (2 seats) KIU: 27,713 (1 seat) Su­laimani Vot­ers: 906,643 Num­ber of seat: 32 Gor­ran: 359,600 votes (12 seats) PUK: 318,723 votes (11 seats) KDP: 86,655 votes (3 seats) Ko­mal: 55,457 votes (2 seats) KIU: 66,097 votes (2 seats) Na­tional Coali­tion: 10,512 votes (1 seat)

Rafedain list: 255 votes (1 seat) Duhok Vot­ers: 500,161 Num­ber of seat: 28 Women seat: 9 KDP: 357,392 (19 seats) KIU: 62,162 (3 seats) PUK: 40,792 (2 seats) Gor­ran: 22,855 (1 seat)

Rafedain: 4,086 (1 seat)

Assyr­ian list: 3,202 (1 seat)

Ishkhan Milko: 964 (1 seat)

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