Election campaign kicks off for Kurdistan parliamentary election

Some parties began campaigning early

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SULAIMANI – The election campaign for control of the Kurdistan Region's parliament kicked off early on Tuesday (September 11) amid objections to the timing of the election by some Kurdish political parties.

Party aides and volunteers across the Region started distributing images of nominees running to win one the legislature's 111 seats. Voters will cast their ballots on September 30.

The campaign will last until September 28 at 8 a.m., two days before the election.

The Kurdistan Region’s electoral commission called on the political parties to abide by its rules during the campaign.

An NRT correspondent in Duhok reported that Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), however, had violated the electoral rules by hanging election banners and posters prior to the start time set by the commission.

Several banners and traditional billboards showing KDP candidates were seen on the streets in Duhok at 8 a.m. on Monday.

Last week, the elections commission set September 11 as the official start date for the campaign saying the election “is not likely” to be delayed.

Some other political parties chose not to wait for Tuesday’s official campaign start either and started the campaign at 4 p.m. the previous day in Erbil, jockeying to reserve better sites to hang their posters and banners.

The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister, Nechirvan Barzani has said that the election will be held on the scheduled date despite calls from several Kurdish political parties that “the time is not ripe.”