KDP registers for Kurdish parliamentary elections

The New Region

Jun. 09, 2024 • 2 min read
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The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) has registered for the Kurdistan Region's upcoming parliamentary elections upon its demands partially met.

The Kurdistan Region’s ruling party on Sunday registered to participate in the Region’s upcoming parliamentary elections upon seat allocation demands being partially met.


The spokesperson of the Iraqi Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) on Sunday confirmed to The New Region that the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) has registered their party to participate in the Kurdistan Region’s upcoming parliamentary elections.


The news was further confirmed by the party’s electoral team member Saib Harni, who told The New Region that “KDP officially registered at the Electoral Commission at 12 pm.”


Harni added that the KDP will prepare for the elections and try to submit its list of candidates by the June 13 deadline.


The KDP’s decision to participate in the elections comes after Iraq’s Supreme Judicial Council in May decided to allocate five quota seats to the Region’s ethnic minorities.


The return of the five seats came  in response to a complaint from a Christian party in the Kurdistan Region after a Federal Supreme Court ruling in February removed the 11 seats allocated for minority components in the Regional parliament.


The KDP had previously expressed concern over the removal of quota seats, as well as the distribution of seats across the different voting constituencies.


Earlier this year, the Electoral Commission issued Law No. 7 of 2024 regarding the registration and approval of candidate lists for the Parliament of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Article 2 of the law divided the Kurdistan Region into four electoral districts and specified the parliament's seat count at 100 only, nullifying the 11 seats allocated for minority quotas.


This move sparked discontent among several political parties, including the ruling KDP, prompting calls for the decision to be revoked due to its alleged unconstitutionality.


The KDP announced that they would withdraw from the elections, demanding that changes be made to the amount of quota seats and the seats allocated for the constituencies.


Months of negotiations were to no avail, the Region’s elections that were originally scheduled for June 10, were canceled with the Kurdistan Region Presidency still to announce a new date for the elections.

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