The Iraqi parliamentary
election approaches among speculations of citizen's boycott, despite the
politicians and parties' promises of prosperous future.
Observers to the Iraqi issue can monitor that the parties and electoral coalitions are exaggerating promises to voters, alleging imaginary seats, more than what they can actually get, which exposes their lies to the people who will represent them.
The dilemma of lying about the large number of seats candidates are promising, that it exposes their lack of plans or aspirations, which will deepen the feeling of voters of being manipulated and drive them to refrain from taking part in the election.
The parties' allegations
may make them seem bigger, more influential, but it will expose their real impact
and size after the election, which will strip them from any popularity on the ground.
Iraq will hold legislative elections by May 12th. The integrity of these elections is questionable. Clerics and politicians say fraud will happen due to the control of militias over the polling centers.
The huge, overly-priced
campaigns reveal the parties' eagerness to win the race, not to serve the interests
of the people, but for their own benefit.
Former head of the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) previously stated that some political parties and blocs have allocated millions of dollars for the electoral campaigns of their candidates.
“The campaign spending of some political parties exceeded $30 million in Baghdad only, which is too much,” Adel al-Lami said in press statement in April.
He added that the commission said that candidates should spend IQD 250 (0.21 US Dollar) per person at most, that could reach IQD 1 billion (840,000.00 US Dollar) in Baghdad.
With the absence of reliable polling
institutions depending on modern technical systems, it is hard to measure the
real popularity of the candidates and parties.
The sure speculation is that the turnout this election will not exceed 30 percent, whilst it reached 71 percent in 2005.
Amid the weak performance, the absence of real political promises and the eagerness of politicians to achieve their personal interests, polling stations are expected to remain vacant in Saturday's election, as citizens will not fall for the rhetoric speeches and vacuumed promises.