Polls in northern Iraq’s Kurdish Regional Government set for February 2024

Polls in northern Iraq’s Kurdish Regional Government set for February 2024

Parliamentary polls originally scheduled for October 1 last year, but postponed due to ongoing disagreements between Kurdistan Democratic Party and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan

By Bekir Aydogan

ERBIL (AA) – Parliamentary elections in the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) of northern Iraq are set for February next year, the presidential office announced on Thursday.

The parliamentary elections will be held on Feb. 25, 2024, it said in a statement.

Parliamentary elections in the KRG, which are supposed to take place every four years, were last held in September 2018.

Originally scheduled for October 1 of last year, the KRG parliamentary elections were postponed by almost a year to Nov. 18, 2023.

However, due to ongoing disagreements between the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) over minority quotas, election laws, and the activation of the High Electoral Commission, the election date has been pushed back yet again.

In the current 111-seat parliament in the KRG, Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) has 45 lawmakers, Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) has 21, Gorran Movement has 12, New Generation Movement has eight, and Kurdistan Islamic Society Party (Komel) has seven.

The Turkmen community elected five representatives, while the Christian community elected six representatives under the quota system.

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