Thousands of Kirkuk's residents have held protests to oppose the Iraqi parliamentary elections results, as they say that they were rigged for Iran Militia in Iran and Syria (IMIS) and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), which they describe Iran's agent.
After the elections preliminary results showed the lead of PUK's electoral list in Kirkuk, Arab and Turkmen political parties gave the High Electoral Committee (HEC) a 24-hour deadline to start manual counting of votes to announce the results of the parliamentary elections.
Kirkuk Governor, Rakan Saed al-Jabouri said that the results showed the lead of the PUK in Kirkuk, stressing that this result is rigged and not accepted by Kirkuk's residents.
Jabouri added that the PUK has no popularity in the Arab regions of Kirkuk, pointing out that the these results are unreasonable and unacceptable.
"The highest number of voters were Arabs, but thousands were unable to cast their ballots because of the malfunction of electronic devices", Jabouri said.
He stated that a curfew was imposed in the
early morning, adding that its continuation depends on the circumstances and
developments of the situation.
The four opposition parties in the Iraqi Kurdistan region announced their rejection to the elections result, calling for re-election of the parliament in the region and the disputed areas, especially Kirkuk province.
A source said that hundreds of Turkmen faction members began to stage a sit-in between Daquq and Kirkuk on Sunday to protest against Iraqi Parliamentary elections result rigging.
"The protesters demanded the government and HEC to cancel the elections results or to start manual counting of votes", the source pointed out.
According to observers who spoke to The Baghdad Post, Kirkuk witnessed electoral fraud as Turkmen and Arabs did not vote PUK and IMIS.
The observers said that unless HEC cancel the elections result, the situation in Kirkuk will witness dangerous developments.
Iraqi people made their way to the poll stations on May 12 to cast their ballots in the country's first parliamentary elections since the defeat of ISIS terrorist group in December 2017.
Iraqi cities witnessed a low voter turnout.
According to observers who spoke to The Baghdad Post, this elections is considered to be the worst in the Iraqi history in terms of the low voter turnout. They cited rising militancy and rampant violence under Haider Abadi government.
The High Electoral Committee announced on Saturday that the elections voter turnout reached 44%.