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KDP leads early voting in Kurdistan election, claims half of the tally

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Local electoral commission employee checks ballot box in the Kurdistan Region. (Reuters)

A reliable source at the Electoral Commission in Kurdistan announced early results of the early voting that took place on Friday, two days before the Kurdistan Region’s parliamentary election.

Early results show the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) leading the votes as it gained around half of the tally, gaining around 162,345 votes.

The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), on the other hand, received 79,764 votes, followed by the Gorran Movement with 10,543 votes.

The other parties combined have received roughly 16,000 votes.

According to the source, the number of voters in Erbil reached 72,652 voters, in addition to 33,421 voters in Sulaymaniyah, 711,218 in Dahuk and 68,192 in Halabja.

The Independent High Electoral and Referendum Commission (IHERC) reported high turnout, with Erbil Province seeing 92.78 percent of eligible voters turning up, Sulaimani with 89 percent, 93.6 percent in Duhok, and 93 percent in Halabja.

As many as 773 candidates from 29 political parties are competing for a seat in the 111-seat parliament, including 11 seats for minorities, in the semi-autonomous region, vying for votes at 5,941 local voting centers.

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