Over one million eligible to vote in Erbil for Kurdistan parliamentary election

IHERC opened 76 registry offices

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SULAIMANI – The office for the Independent High Elections and Referendum Commission (IHERC) in Erbil, said on Thursday (July 12) that there are over one million eligible voters in the governorate who can cast their ballots during the upcoming Kurdistan parliamentary election.

The head of IHERC in Erbil, Aram Najmadin said in a press conference that 76 offices have been opened where voters can register their names to have the right to vote.

A total of 36 registry offices are located in central Erbil to update voter registration while another 40 offices installed in surrounding areas, said Najmadin, adding that 1,112,312 people have the right to vote in the governorate.

Parties’ representatives are permitted and have nearly one month to monitor the process of registering eligible voters at the registry offices, he added.

“Opening the registry offices is in an effort to adopt the voter registration… for the voters to make sure that they are registered… this is also to provide an opportunity to the political parties to closely observe the update for the voter registration,” said Najmadin.

The Kurds who are located in the disputed areas and have Article 140 unsolved, are not allowed to vote, Najmadin added.

n May, Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani issued a decree that set the Region’s parliamentary election for September 30.

Parliamentary and Presidential elections in the Kurdish region were due to take place on November 1, 2017, but were cancelled when tensions rose significantly after Iraqi forces retook Kirkuk and other disputed areas in mid-October.

The Kurdistan Parliament on October 24 extended its current term for another eight months after Kurdistan parliament and presidential elections were postponed.