KDP participates in Iraq’s early elections with 55 candidates: official

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SULAIMANI (ESTA) — The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) will participate in the upcoming parliamentary elections with more than 50 candidates in 11 Iraqi provinces, an official said on Saturday.

Head of KDP’s election department Khasraw Goran said names of its candidates were given to the offices of Iraq’s Independent High Elections Commission (IHEC) in the 11 provinces.

“We will participate in the elections of Iraqi Council of Representatives with 55 candidates in 30 election circles of those provinces,” Goran said in a press conference.

Iraq is scheduled to hold early parliamentary elections on October 10, which was one of the main demands of anti-government protesters who organized months of mass demonstrations beginning in October 2020.

The vote is held every four years, but anti-government protesters demanded early elections.

In October 2019, the Iraqi Council of Representatives voted to approve new voting districts for sixteen governorates.

It approved seventeen electoral districts for Baghdad, six for Basra, five each for Dhi Qar and Sulaimani, four each for Babil, Anbar, Erbil and Diyala, three each for Najaf, Saladin, Duhok, Diwaniyah, Karbala, Wasit and Maysan, and two more for Muthanna governorate.

The KDP official said the party had not made any agreement with another party to form a coalition for the elections.

“No agreement has been made for this election, but there are coordination and understanding between the political parties,” Goran said.

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