Muhannad Sinjary Four Ezidi (Yezidi) election lists and several other parties have jointed the race for securing the votes of this component in the Nineveh province with more than 50 candidates. The majority of those competing political factions are unsatisfied with the quota system which has provided only one seat for the Ezidies in the Iraqi parliament. In Nineveh, four Ezidi lists have introduced separately 22 candidates for the much anticipated parliamentarian elections; meanwhile dozens of other Ezidi individuals have nominated themselves within the lists of the Arab and Kurdish political factions and alliances in the Ezidi geographical territories.
“Competition is strong in Ezidi-populated areas"Ezzat Kammo, the spokesperson for the Ezidi Democratic Party told (KirkukNow) about the failure of the efforts made to form a unified list for that constituent and to introduce an independent candidate for the Ezidi quota which, eventually resulted in the participation with separate lists. The party headed by Haidar Shasho – one of the Ezidi military commanders- has forgone the only designated seat under the quota system and it endeavours to secure more than the only quota seat in May with a list of 16 candidates. In the previous three terms of the Iraqi Parliament, Ezidies had only the one seat quota, and the seat has always been secured by Ezidi Movement for Reform and Progress. However, in 2014 Vian Dakhil who is a female Ezidi politician became a Member of Parliament on the Kurdistan Democratic Party's list. "It is the Ezidies' right to preserve their votes and learn from the past when all parties were exploiting them for their interests" said Saib Khidhir, the candidate of the Ezidi Progress Party for the quota seat in Nineveh told (KirkukNow). He also said that he wished the Ezidi parties had agreed on nominating one candidate for the quota seat in to secure the quota seat and endeavour to win another seat outside the quota system.
“It is Ezidies' right to preserve their votes”Each of the Ezidi Movement for Reform and Progress headed by Haji Kindoor , Ezidi Progress Party led by Saeed Battush and Ezidi Democratic Liberation chaired by Hassan Haji Bissou compete to win the only quota seat allocated for the Ezidis. "We’ll take part in the elections with one candidate to get the Ezidi votes in Europe" said Abu Shaja' Dnay, the spokesman of the Ezidi Council in Europe during a phone interview with (KirkukNow). They have only one candidate and their eyes are on wining another seat outside the quota system. Earlier this year, the Iraqi Federal Supreme Court ruled that the number of allocated seats for the Ezidi component should be based on their population. Accordingly one seat for every one hundred thousand people was allocated but this suggestion was later rejected by the parliament. Sonia Salim, head of the Ezidi Democratic Party said she expressed her anger over the limited number of women among the candidates; she calls on the women candidates reject to be just a number for filling the legal requirements on the list of the political parties. Meanwhile, she told (KirkukNow) that the process (elections) will not be easy as the competition across the Ezidi-populated areas is stiff. The number of Ezidies in Iraq is estimated to be about 550, 000; currently, around 360,000 of them are displaced and more than 100,000 have left Iraq; meanwhile, more than 3,000 of them are still missing after collapse of Islamic State's self-styled caliphate, according to a statistic by Kurdistan Regional Government's General Directorate of Ezidi Affairs. The parliamentary elections which are planned for May12th 2018 come at a time at a time normal life is not restored to the Ezidi areas particularly Sinjar (120 Km west of Mosul) after it was retaken by the Iraqi forces in November 2015.