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Commission completes preparations for Kurdistan parliamentary election: official

There are more than 3 million eligible voters
Head of the Kurdistan Region's Independent High Elections and Referendum Commission, Handren Mohammed (L), is speaking in a press conference in Erbil, Kurdistan Region, on September 27, 2018.
2018-09-27

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SULAIMANI — The Kurdish elections and referendum commission said on Thursday (September 27) it had completed all its preparations for the Kurdistan parliamentary election, which will take place on Sunday.

Head of the Independent High Elections and Referendum Commission, Handren Mohammed, said that 3,085,461 people have the right to vote in the election.

There are 711,218 voters in Duhok province 1, 109,072 voters in Erbil, 1,196,980 in Sulaimani, and 68,191 in Halabja province, according to Mohammed.

There are 1,260 voting stations across the Kurdistan Region for general election. 499 polling stations are in Erbil, 476 in Sulaimani, 257 in Duhok and 28 more in Halabja, according the commission’s statistics.

Up to 170,469 voters, including members of the police, Peshmerga, and Zeravani forces are eligible to vote early on Friday, he added.

In Erbil, there are 72,653 eligible early voters, 62,220 in Sulaimani, 33,421 in Duhok, and 2,175 in Halabja, he said.

For the early vote, the commission has prepared 99 voting stations, including 41 in Erbil, 37 in Sulaimani, 20 in Duhok, and one in Halabja, Mohammed added. 

As many as 22 international organizations have registered to observe the election, according to the commission.

The parliamentary election campaign kicked off earlier this month across the Kurdistan Region. Campaigning will last until September 28 at 8 a.m., two days before the election.

As many as 773 candidates are on the ballot, including 241 women, from 29 entities. Candidates are competing to win one of 111 seats.

(NRT)