Saturday, November 27, 2021

Election Commission: Voter turnout reaches 43% in Iraq election

Turnout reached 43% in Iraq’s parliamentary election earlier this month, the election commission said late on Saturday, a slight increase from preliminary results but lower than the last election in 2018.

The commission said more than 9.6 million people voted in the October 10 vote.

Populist Shia cleric Muktada al-Sadr said his movement won the most seats in parliament and said he would not challenge the results.

“We will seek to form a (a) non-sectarian and non-ethnic national coalition under the umbrella of reform,” al-Sadr, which opposes all foreign interference and whose main rivals are Iran-affiliated Shia groups, said on Saturday. said in a statement.

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The Election Commission had earlier said on October 10 that the turnout in the preliminary results was 41%. The overall turnout in the last election of 2018 was 44.5%.

Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi is not running for re-election, but talks after the vote could give him a second term. The Kadimi, considered friendly to the West, have no party to support them.

According to the Election Commission, there are at least 167 parties and over 3,200 candidates competing for 329 seats in parliament.

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