It is ‘big shame’ to delay Kurdistan Region parliamentary elections: deputy speaker

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Deputy Speaker of the Kurdistan Region parliament Hemin Hawrami said on Saturday, that the Region’s general election will not take place at the scheduled time.

In February, President of the Kurdistan Region Nechirvan Barzani signed a decree setting the date for the region’s parliamentary election to October 1, 2022.

The decree also reads that the relevant authorities including the parliament, the government, and the Independent High Electoral Commission of the Kurdistan Region, should start the necessary preparations to hold the election process.

Speaking at a news conference Hawrami said, “Despite the continual meetings regarding running the parliamentary elections in the Region, no party has shown comprehension”.

The Kurdistan Region held parliamentary elections in September 2018. Parliamentary elections are held every four years in the Kurdistan Region. A minimum quota of 30% of seats in the 111-seat house is reserved for women and 11 seats for parties representing minorities.

“Even though the Kurdistan Region presidency has intensified its efforts along with the United Nations special envoy, nevertheless, up to this point there is no comprehensive understanding among the Kurdish political parties in order to launch the Region’s parliamentary election at the scheduled time” Hawrami quoted.

The Deputy also said, “it is a big shame for all Kurdish political parties, factions, and the Region’s people as well, not to run the parliamentary elections at the scheduled time ”.

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