Kurdistan is observing pre-election silence Thursday as voters in the Iraqi region will elect a new parliament on Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018.
Around 3,300,000 voters are registered to take part in the electoral process in 5,933 polling stations around Erbil, Sulaymaniyah and Dahuk.
Until now, the two parties had a tacit agreement that the KDP would have the leadership of Kurdistan while the PUK would have Iraq's figurehead presidency, reserved for a Kurd since the 2003 ouster of Saddam, according to France24.
Representing 28 political parties, 709 candidates are running for the 111 parliamentary seats, including 11 seats for minorities.
Kurdistan's economy has heavily plummeted and political divisions have deepened ever since.