For the third time in a row... there are fears that Kirkuk will be “excluded” from the local elections after the recent events[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
Baghdad today - Baghdad
Almas Fadel, representative of the National Union in the previous session for Kirkuk Governorate, expressed today, Saturday (September 9, 2023), her fear that the events in Kirkuk would be a pretext for postponing its elections related to the provincial councils, which are scheduled to be held next December 18, to be the third local elections in the country. respectively, Kirkuk is excluded from it.
Fadel said in an interview with "Baghdad Today", "The provincial council elections in December are for all governorates and there are no exceptions, but we fear that the recent Sundays in Kirkuk will be an excuse to postpone its elections, and this matter is rejected by us."
She stressed "the rejection of any political bargains, whether internally, regionally or internationally, regarding Kirkuk, which we consider a city of brotherhood, and problems can be resolved through dialogue," stressing that "turning the city into a military barracks amid political polarization that affects people's lives is an issue that does not serve everyone."
She pointed out that "part of Kirkuk's problems is the failure to hold elections and bring in a new administration that contributes to achieving the aspirations of the people," noting that "the parliamentary elections that took place in the city in 2021 did not change anything, so elections must be held."
The leader of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, Ghiyath Surji, had previously told "Baghdad Today" that his party still has the greatest influence inside Kirkuk and that the upcoming provincial council elections will be the deciding factor.
Despite the fragmentation of the Kurdish political blocs, they have always agreed on the need to "unite" to restore Kirkuk electorally after its security and political loss.
While Iraq witnessed three local elections for provincial councils in 2005, 2009, and 2013, no local elections were held in Kirkuk until 2005.
In the 2021 parliamentary elections, the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan won 4 seats out of 12, the Democratic Front won 2 seats, the Turkmen Front got 2 seats, and the Arabs got 4 seats, which means that a quarter of the seats were obtained by the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, and the Kurds got fully half of the seats in Kirkuk.