ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Nearly a week after people across Iraq and the Kurdistan Region took part in national legislative elections, Iraq's Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) released the final results, with Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) leading the polls in the Kurdistan Region.
The frontrunners in the national count are as follows, as announced by IHEC officials in a press conference held late Friday night in Baghdad:
A breakdown of seats won in the Kurdistan Region, Kirkuk, and Nineveh are as follows:
[KDP boycotted the election in Kirkuk]
Turnout in the country stood at 44.5 percent, according to IHEC. It is the lowest voter turnout rate in Iraq in the past 13 years. In the 2014 elections, roughly 60 percent headed to the polls.
Six parties in the Kurdistan Region are considering withdrawing from the political process in Iraq after IHEC refused their requests to manually recount votes in Sulaimani Province due to fraud allegations made against the PUK.
The six parties are Gorran, CDJ, KIG, KIU, the Communist Party of Kurdistan, and the Kurdistan Islamic Movement (KIM).
Editing by John J. Catherine