Shafaq News/ The Presidency of the Kurdistan Region announced, on Wednesday, the contents of the meeting of the Kurdish parties regarding the upcoming elections in the region.
The statement received by Shafaq News stated that “under the supervision of the President of the Kurdistan Region, Nechirvan Barzani, and in the presence of the representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Iraq, Jenin Blaschaert, a meeting of the Presidency of the Kurdistan Region was held today, Wednesday, with the Kurdish political parties to discuss the upcoming elections in the Kurdistan Region.”
The statement added, “President Nechirvan Barzani thanked Blackshart and the political parties for accepting the invitation of the Kurdistan Region Presidency, and expressed his hope that the political parties would reach an understanding on setting the date for the elections and solving the problems.”
Barzani stressed, “The importance of the elections for the Kurdistan Region, and said, “The delay in the elections harms the reputation and prestige of the Kurdistan Region.”
For her part, Plasschaert delivered a speech addressing the importance of the parties reaching an understanding on the issue of the elections and setting the date for holding them, and expressed the full support of the United Nations for the success of the process, and stressed the need to reach a result as soon as possible, because there is not much time available.
After the Vice President of the Kurdistan Region, Mustafa Sayed Qadir, presented the report of the Kurdistan Region Presidency Committee in charge of following up the issue of the elections, the political parties put forward their views and views in this context, and thanked the Presidency of the Kurdistan Region for its efforts to bring the political parties together, and considered the continuation of meetings and talks a positive matter.
In conclusion, it was decided to hold the last meeting to resolve all issues related to the elections and solve the problems facing the process, at the beginning of next September, and that the Presidency of the Kurdistan Region and the political parties, with the assistance of a specialized team from UNAMI, continue their talks and preparations until that date.
And earlier today, Wednesday, the Kurdish parties agreed to maintain the election law, to include general voting day only for the parliamentary elections in the Kurdistan Region, without the special members of the Peshmerga forces and security forces.
According to the information reported by Shafak News Agency correspondent in Erbil, the meeting also resulted in the activation of the Independent High Commission for Elections and Referendum in the region. Another meeting is scheduled for the beginning of next September, according to our agency’s correspondent.
On February 24, the President of the Kurdistan Region, Nechirvan Barzani, signed an order setting the first of next October as the date for holding the elections for the sixth session of the Parliament of the Kurdistan Region.
However, the Independent High Electoral Commission in the Kurdistan Region saw today, Wednesday, that the holding of parliamentary elections in the region needs six months of preparation.
The electoral law, the commission, the voter lists, and the date of the elections are the most prominent points of contention between the Kurdish forces, which will be discussed in this meeting.
The last elections held in the region in 2018, resulted in the Kurdistan Democratic Party winning a comfortable majority, with 45 seats out of 111 seats, which is the total number of seats in the region’s parliament, while its traditional rival, the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, won 21 seats, and the remaining seats were distributed among the Change Movement. One seat, 8 seats for the “New Generation” movement, and 7 seats for the Islamic Group. The Kurdistan Communist Party and other blocs won between one and five seats.