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New Generation to boycott Kurdistan Parliament over fraudulent election results

'A new phase will start'
2018-10-01

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SULAIMANI – New Generation leader, Shaswar Abdulwahid said on Monday (October 1) that the Movement would not send its winning lawmakers to the Fifth Kurdistan Parliament, citing widespread fraud during the September 30 election.

“We should have a courageous stance. A new phase will now begin. We will be with the people on the streets and everywhere holding protests and closing marketplaces and shops,” said Abdulwahid during a press conference.

He urged the other Kurdish political parties to not participate in the new legislative session, thereby legitimizing a process that was “rigged by the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK).”

Abdulwahid said real ballot boxes were replaced with rigged ones, fake IDs were used so that partisans could vote more than once, and employees of the electoral commission were harassed and beaten by armed groups.

The Kurdistan Region held a parliamentary election on Sunday and voter turnout across the Region was reportedly just over 57 percent. Official vote tallies have not yet been released.

A monitor from the New Generation Movement said he was kidnapped and beaten by forces affiliated to the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) in Erbil.

Voting was suspended at several locations because of various infractions and violations.

Members of the security forces and armed individuals broke into a number of polling stations in Sulaimani, damaging equipment in the voting areas.

One piece of footage posted on social media showed several members of the security forces arriving at a location near a polling station and the sound of gunshots are heard.

Another video that circulated on social media platforms shows three people, reportedly employees for the elections commission, holding shut a door in an attempt to prevent a group of people from entering the voting area.

(NRT)