425 complaints filed about Kurdistan election violations, says commission

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, October 3, 2018.

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SULAIMANI — The Kurdish elections commission said on Wednesday (October 3) as many as 425 complaints had been filed during the Kurdistan parliamentary election.

The Head of the Independent High Elections and Referendum Commission, Handren Mohammed, said a committee had been formed to investigate electoral fraud and violations during the parliamentary election.

Mohammed added that the perpetrators who attacked the commission’s employees “must be brought into justice."

Voters in the Kurdistan Region cast their ballots for the parliamentary election on Sunday.

There were a number of complaints from observers and monitors about fraud and voter intimidation across the Region.

An international observer said on Monday that the parliamentary election violated democratic norms because there were violations and attacks on electoral commission employees at polling stations.

Footage showed the moment that a polling place in Sulaimani was attacked during the election.

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