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Endeavors to form unified Kurdish electoral list hit stumbling block

  2021-04-25  | 
 Zhyan News Network
A voter is inspected in front of a polling center in Kirkuk in May 12,2018 elections. Photo Courtesy of KirkukNow via Zhyan News Network
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – Head of the Kurdistan Islamic Movement (KIM) office in Kirkuk Hassan Sheikhani said on Sunday (April 25) that attempts by the Kurdish political parties to form a united Kurdish electoral list failed over several disputes. 

Sheikhani told Zhyan News Network that the failure was due to disputes between the Kurdish parties pertaining to the numbers, names, and their distributions among the electoral sub-districts.

“The [Kurdish] political parties have intensified their attempts for more than two months to form and reach an agreement regarding a joint list, but all the parties have failed on the joint list after five meetings,” he said.

In October 2020, the Iraqi parliament decided to divide the disputed governorate of Kirkuk into three electoral constituencies. 

Kirkuk has a total twelve seats in the upcoming early parliamentary election scheduled for October 10.

Since at least September 2019, there have been meetings between the Kurdish political parties for the formation of a unified list for the upcoming election, while the ruling Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) has not participated in any meetings as it has not returned to the city so far following October 2020.

Barring the Kurds, the Arab and Turkmen components have formed their joint electoral lists respectively. 

In October 2014, the federal army and security forces retook the city from the Kurdish forces after the latter took the helm of the city and a chunk of territories following Iraqi army’s withdrawal in 2014. 

(Zhyan English)