Security personnel casts his ballot in an early voting at a polling station, Sulaimani, Kurdistan region, Iraq, September 28,2018. Photo by Feriq Fereç/Anadolu Agency
SULAIMANI – No Kurdish electoral alliance has been registered to participate in Iraq’s upcoming parliamentary early election, said an official within the federal electoral commission on Thursday (April 29).
This comes as less than 48 hours left for the political parties and candidates to submit their applications to Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC).
The IHEC deadline is expected to wrap up on May 1.
“38 political alliances and eleven other alliances are being established,” Hiwa Tahin, the director of the political parties and offices within the electoral commission, told Zhyan News Network. “Nearly 265 political parties have been registered without any Kurdish one so far.”
On Sunday, head of the Kurdistan Islamic Movement (KIM) office in Kirkuk Hassan Sheikhani said that
attempts by the Kurdish political parties to form a united Kurdish electoral list in the disputed areas failed over several disputes.
The parliamentary election is slated for October 10 after several delays in the past few months.