Re­sults of Iraqi par­lia­men­tary elec­tions have been be­yond ex­pec­ta­tions

Some of the Kur­dish par­ties are happy and the oth­ers worry about the share of their seats in the Iraqi par­lia­ment

The Kurdish Globe - - FRONT PAGE - By Salih Wal­ad­bagi

Sev­eral par­ties in­creased their share of the seats in the Iraqi Par­lia­ment, while oth­ers saw the share of their bloc re­duced re­mark­ably. Re­gard­ing the Kur­dish seats in the Iraqi Par­lia­ment, the num­bers have in­creased from 57 to 62. In ad­di­tion, they are ex­pected to win four more quota seats as well.

The Iraqi In­de­pen­dent High Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (IHEC) an­nounced the re­sults of the Par­lia­men­tary Elec­tions on 19 May, 2014. They have been be­yond the ex­pec­ta­tions of the po­lit­i­cal par­ties.

Sev­eral par­ties in­creased their share of the seats in the Iraqi Par­lia­ment, while oth­ers saw the share of their bloc re­duced re­mark­ably. Re­gard­ing the Kur­dish seats in the Iraqi Par­lia­ment, the num­bers have in­creased from 57 to 62. In ad­di­tion, they are ex­pected to win four more quota seats as well.

The Kur­dis­tan Pa­tri­otic Union (PUK), which is led by Iraq’s Pres­i­dent Jalal Tal­a­bani, en­joys a big suc­cess by in­creas­ing the num­ber of its seats from 14 to 21.

Mean­while, the largest Kur­dish party, the Kur­dis­tan Demo­cratic Party (KDP), which is led by the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Pres­i­dent Mas­soud Barzani, tasted an un­ex­pected set­back. Its share of seats re­duced sub­stan­tially from 31 to 25.

As for the Change Move­ment (Gor­ran), which is led by Noshir­wan Mustafa, who broke away from the PUK in 2009, the out­come (much to the cha­grin of the lead­er­ship) was al­most sim­i­lar. They were ex­pect­ing more than 10 seats be­fore the elec­tions. It gar­nered 9.

The ma­jor Is­lamist party the Kur­dis­tan Is­lamic Union (KIU) was shocked by the an­nounce­ment of the elec­tion re­sults. It failed even to win one seat in Er­bil. Its four seats from the last elec­tion didn't change. While the Kur­dis­tan Is­lamic Group (KIG) cel­e­brated an in­crease in the seats from two to three.

The Kur­dish par­ties took part in the elec­tions with sep­a­rate lists and looked more frag­mented than ever. But if they unite they will form a front with 60 seats to be reck­oned with. They also keep an eye to win over mi­nor­ity rep­re­sen­ta­tives as in the past.

Er­bil Prov­ince

In ac­cor­dance with the IHEC for­mal sta­tis­tics, around 744,498 people voted in the elec­tions in the Prov­ince of Er­bil. The com­mis­sion has ded­i­cated 15 seats for the prov­ince. The value of each seat was es­ti­mated to be around 49,633, votes based on the amended Sainte-Lague law. (Look at the ta­ble num­ber 1 to see the elec­tion re­sults of 2010 and 2014 in the cap­i­tal Er­bil.)

Su­laimani Prov­ince

Based on the for­mal fig­ures, around 863,219 vot­ers par­tic­i­pated in the elec­tions in the prov­ince of Su­laimani. The IHEC has ded­i­cated 18 for the Prov­ince, and the value of one seat has been es­ti­mated to be around 47,956 votes. (Look at the ta­ble num­ber 2 to see the elec­tion re­sults of 2010 and 2014 in the prov­ince of Su­laimani.)

Duhok Prov­ince

Around 490,452 people voted in the Prov­ince of Duhok, where the KDP has won the ab­so­lute ma­jor­ity of the votes. The IHEC has ded­i­cated 11 seats for the Prov­ince. The value of one seat has been es­ti­mated to be around 44,586 votes. (Look at the ta­ble num­ber 3 to see the par­lia­men­tary elec­tion re­sult’s in Duhok.) Kirkuk Prov­ince In the Kur­dish oil-rich city of Kirkuk, which is con­sid­ered as a dis­puted area in the Iraqi Con­sti­tu­tion, the Kurds have sur­pris­ingly won 8 seats, two seats more than the last elec­tions in 2010. It was a huge suc­cess for the Kur­dish par­ties, even though they ap­peared far more frag­mented and dis­united than the pre­vi­ous elec­tion. Some 570,759 vot­ers par­tic­i­pated in the elec­tions for the 12 seats. (Look at the ta­ble num­ber 4 to see the num­ber of the votes and the seats of the Kur­dish par­ties in Kirkuk.)

Look at the ta­ble No. 5 to see the to­tal num­ber of the seats of the Kur­dish po­lit­i­cal par­ties in the Kur­dish prov­inces of Er­bil, Su­laimani and Duhok in ad­di­tion to Kirkuk, Nin­eveh and Diyala prov­inces.

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