“10% of votes to be manually recounted”
Parliament cancelled overseas and conditional votes

Baghdad, 28 May 2018, an extraordinary session of the Iraqi parliament to discuss the elections. Photo: Parliament media

KirkukNow The Iraqi parliament decided to cancel the overseas and conditional votes and called on the electoral body to manually recount all the ballots throughout the country. The decision was made in an extraordinary session, held on 28 May, with 168 parliamentarians present. The session was on the request of some MPs to discuss the […]

Appeals, suspicion, and revocation confine election results

Kirkuk, 12 May 2018, general voting in Iraqi parliamentary election. Photo: Kirkuk Now

Yassen Taha The second extraordinary session of parliament could not reach the quorum and was delayed for an identified time. However, what was exposed in the assembly through some parliamentarians have deepened suspicions concerning the election process, and the Ministers Council issued a decree to investigate the suspicions and fraud evidence, to leave the dossier […]

None from Sinjar
Three Yezidi candidates elected to Iraqi parliament

Sheikhan, 17 April 2018, Red Wednesday Feast in Lalish temple. Photo: Muhannad Sinjari

Muhannad Sinjari Three Yazidi candidates were able to win seats in the Iraqi parliament, without any representative from Sinjar among them, while 50 Yezidi candidates competed throughout the campaign to win one seat each in Ninawa province. According to the parliamentary election of 12 May, two candidates of Yezidi component could reach parliament through mainstream […]

Story of Murder and Rape of 5 Year-old

Azzam Humam, 5 years old, was raped by two teens in the neighbourhood, and later died.

Karwan Salhi – Kirkuk His parents knew Azzam Humam Bayati, 5 years old, went to the mosque to pray the evening prayer in Kirkuk’s Wasit neighborhood, but his corpse arrived two hours later. According to his family and police investigation, two people have been arrested on the charge of rape and murder of Azzam, and […]

After Rakan Saeed Elected
Kirkuk Awaits New Governor

Rakan Saeed al-Jabouri, acting Kirkuk governor. Photo: KirkukNow exclusive

Kirkuk – KirkukNow After Rakan Saeed was elected to be a member of Iraqi parliament, the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan [PUK] demands the position of governorship once again. Saeed secured a seat in the parliament by winning 10 thousand 433 votes through the Arab Alliance in Kirkuk. “We once against ask for that position. The […]

IHEC staff lives under threat
Director of IHEC in Kirkuk left office

Kirkuk, the centre where votes were counted in the Iraqi parliamentary elections of April 2014. Photo: Karwan Salhi

Kirkuk – KirkukNow The director of the Inedepent High Electoral Commission in Kirkuk, Imad Wali, has left his office due to the threats facing him and his employees, according to two sources who spoke to Kirkuk Now. An informed source about the IHEC in Kirkuk said, “Imad Wali has not worked since 13 May and […]

Arab group claims election was rigged
PUK says parties aim at fomenting tension

Kirkuk, 14 May 2018, the Arab group of Kirkuk Governorate Council accuses an unidentified political party of rigging the elections.

Arab group in Kirkuk Governorate Council said the election was rigged and it may lead Kirkuk to an obscure situation, but PUK, which is accused often of ‘orchestrating’ the election, rejects the blame. “Arab component had the largest participation in the election in the province, but the results have been played with, which leads Kirkuk […]

From competition to tension
Political parties confront each other over election results

Kirkuk, 10 May 2018, Special Voting for Iraqi parliamentary election. Photo: Kirkuk Now

Kirkuk Now A jarring tension has emerged among various political parties following the announcement of preliminary results of the Iraqi parliamentary election, leading to an armed showdown in some cases. Apparent especially in the Kurdistan region and Kirkuk, the political parties accuse the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan [PUK] of orchestrating the elections and hacking into […]

More than 78% turnout in Special Voting throughout Iraq

Kirkuk, 10 May 2018, Special Voting for Iraqi parliamentary election. Photo: Omer Jawad

Kirkuk Now The final turnout of the Special Voting process in Iraq passed 78%, while some eligible voters could not take part due to technical issues. Early on Thursday 10 May, the ballot boxes were open for hundreds of thousands of security and military officers along with prisoners, a process which continued until 06:00 PM […]

Kurdish intra-party struggle to win disputed areas

Kirkuk, 7 March 2010, a number of Kurdish voters celebrate after voting in Iraqi parliamentary elections, with waiving Kurdish flag in one of the streets of Kirkuk. Photo: Metrography Agency

Shorsh Khalid – Kirkuk Now In the disputed areas, Kurdish parties fear of losing a huge portion of their votes. The developments of 16 October 2017, the independence referendum, withdrawal of security forces, lack of administrative authority, and their internal chaotic condition, are major reasons which might well lower the votes of the powerful Kurdish […]

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