A reliable source at the Electoral Commission in Kurdistan announced early results of the Kurdistan Region’s parliamentary election that took place on Sunday.
Early results show the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) leading the votes as it gained around half of the tally, gaining around 110, 072 votes from 239,912 voters who
The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), on the other hand, received 40,847 votes representing 17.02% of votes cast, followed by the Gorran Movement with 30,898 votes.
The other parties combined have received roughly 54,000 votes, representing 22.14% of the total votes cast.
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 competed 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.
The election witnessed a high turnout in the capital Erbil, which reached 58.57 percent, according to Erbil's official in the Kurdistan Region's Independent High Elections and Referendum Commission (IHERC).
"We are legally obliged to announce the preliminary results within 72 hours after the end of the ballot," the official said, adding that the votes sorting of polling stations will be received by IHERC on Sunday night.
The British ambassador to Iraq John Wilks visited Erbil on Sunday to monitor the transparency of the voting process. "We encourage citizens of Kurdistan Region to participate in the election, and we’re looking forward to the early announcement of the results," he stated