Sunday, September 30, 2018


Iraq still has no prime minister or president.  Despite holding elections May 12th.

Did someone say elections?

Yes, today the KRG held elections.

KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani, the KDP deputy, in a station in Erbil as the polls open at 8 a.m.

Have you noted who's pimping low turnout by the way?  Corporate media.

The elections in ’s were concluded. High participation rates (more than 90% average). Results are expected to be announced soon. By law, they must be announced in 72 hours. Participating Provinces: Erbil, Sulaymaniya, Dahok, & Halabcha.

High participation rates? 

RUDAW offers this perspective:

The election commission released the turnout at noon of eligible voters: 22.67 percent for Duhok, 16.20 for Erbil, 9.44 for Sulaimani, and 23.14 in Halabja. The low morning turnout is not unusual in Kurdistan. In previous elections, voting hours have been extended because of long queues at polling stations.

THE WASHINGTON POST runs with a total of around 58% participation.

The KRG election turnout at 58.53% isn't a good number for an election of this importance, but considering the abrupt ID change IHREC introduced it's a respectable one in those circumstances.

Kamal Chomani Retweeted Kamal Chomani
Turnout in of 3 governorates announced by IHERC: Erbil 58%, Duhok 61% & Halabja 60%.
Kamal Chomani added,

 For now:

The preliminary results of region’s parliamentary election. %45.8 %17.2 %12.87 Komal %8.46 Yekgirtu %7.66 %6.2 %1.18

Hopefully, the results will be firmer in a few more hours.

The following community sites -- plus Jody Watley -- updated: