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Political analyst Najm Al-Qassab predicted today, Wednesday (October 4, 2023), that the participation rate in the provincial council elections will be weak and will not exceed 20 percent, while he expected that the forces that have money and power will win the highest number of votes.
296 political parties organized into 50 alliances will participate in the elections scheduled to be held next December 18, along with more than 60 candidates who will participate on individual lists.
Candidates are competing for 275 seats in the Iraqi provincial councils, 75 of which have been allocated within a quota for women, and 10 seats for ethnic and religious minorities.
Al-Qassab said in an interview with “Baghdad Today” that “the facts impose a reality in the upcoming Iraqi electoral scene on December 18 regarding the provincial council elections, which is the large abstention that may reach 80%, meaning that the participation rate will not exceed 20% due to the loss of confidence in the political class.” “Traditional and current, whether it is October or elsewhere, especially with the Sadrist movement confirming that it will not participate in the elections, as it represents a large and stable audience.”
He added, "The independents did not provide anything, and the same is true for the large parties that have money, power, and influence. They have not provided anything for many years, and any independent in Parliament will be restricted in the face of the influence of the large political forces."
Al-Qassab pointed out, “The tip of the scale in the December 18 elections will be with those who have power and money, and they will have the largest share of provincial council seats.”
According to the constitution, the elected provincial councils are responsible for selecting the governor and the governorate’s executive officials, and have the powers of dismissal and appointment, and approving the project plan according to the financial budget allocated to the governorate by the central government in Baghdad, in accordance with the Iraqi constitution. These will be the first local elections held in Iraq since April 2013. .
Source: Baghdad Today