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Citizens sabotage election posters to punish politicians

Iraqi election posters
Election campaigns - File photo

Several phenomena remarked the current electoral campaigns in Iraqi streets. Besides the many violations of the regulations of the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC), the most remarkable phenomenon was sabotaging the posters and banners by citizens.

Psychiatrists explained this phenomenon saying that citizens don't trust MPs anymore, and that's the way they express their outrage.

Academic expert Hassan Saleh said: "The key reason is the public dissatisfaction towards the parliamentarians in general, and defaming their images over 14 years."

"As soon as one mentions a parliamentarian, the common image that jumps into mind is a thief immoral person," Saleh said, adding that deterioration in services deepens these feelings.

The aggression against posters wasn't limited to a specific bloc or party, but for all politicians and parties.


Few days ago, a footage of an Iraqi citizen hitting the poster of former prime minister Nouri al-Maliki with his shoe went viral on social media, expressing his outrage over the rampant corruption in the country.

The video shows the citizen holding his shoe and hitting the poster of Maliki on the wall, saying: "Corrupt politicians, get out of our lives," in reference to the terrible conditions of Iraq since Maliki took the office as a prime minister in 2010.


The electoral campaigns violated several regulations set by the IHEC, as it was randomly hung up in streets and plazas, which defamed the look of the capital.

Last Modified: Thursday، 19 April 2018 11:33 AM