The leader of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), Qubad Talabani, hailed on Monday the security forces for their efforts in maintaining security during the Kurdistan regional parliamentary election, calling on them to keep up their good job until the declaration of the final results.
Talabani affirmed that voting in the parliamentary election ended without problems or obstacles. He also called on citizens to express their happiness in a “civilian” way after the announcement of results and to keep away from violence.
He stressed that "the stability of the Kurdistan region is above all considerations,” threatening that "any person or entity resorting to sabotage will face severe legal punishment.”
The parliamentary election in Kurdistan held on Sunday 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 sorted votes from the polling stations will be received by the IHERC on Sunday night.
British Ambassador to Iraq John Wilks visited Erbil on Sunday to monitor the transparency of the voting process. "We encourage the citizens of the Kurdistan region to participate in the election, and we’re looking forward to the early announcement of the results," he stated.