The Kurdistan Region’s parliamentary election kicked off on Sunday morning with over three million voters, the first regional elections since the defeat of the Islamic State (IS).
According to the Independent High Electoral and Referendum Commission (IHERC), 773 candidates from 29 political parties will compete for a seat in the 111-seat parliament. Eleven of the seats are reserved for minorities, and 30 for women.
The Kurdistan Region’s election comes almost five months after the parliamentary vote across Iraq on May 12.
Former President of the Kurdistan Region and current KDP leader Masoud Barzani casted his ballot for the 2018 parliamentary election.
The people of the Kurdistan Region will decide how much [weight] each party should have, but that does not mean parties do not need each other after the election.", he stated.
Also, Chancellor of the Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC) Masrour Barzani casted his ballot in the parliamentary election, stressing "the success of this [electoral] process will ensure the success of the Kurdistan Region."
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.