ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) –The Kurdistan Region’s Independent High Election and Referendum Commission (IHERC) has announced the final results of the parliamentary polls with the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) coming out on top.
The Commission announced the final results of the ballots at midnight, with the KDP leading the way ahead of rival parties having received 688,070 votes, securing 45 seats in the 111-seat parliament.
The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) came in second, securing 21 seats with 319,912 votes, followed by Gorran with 186,903 votes and 12 seats.
New Generation won eight seats, the Kurdistan Islamic Group (KIG) won seven, and Towards Reform Coalition won five. Sardam and Azadi (Freedom) won one seat each. The Coalition for Democracy and Justice (CDJ) did not secure a seat.
Among the Kurdistan Region’s minority parties, the Turkmen parties secured five seats, the Christian parties with five, and an Armenian party secured one seat.
The Commission also said it rejected 96 bins: 58 from Erbil, 27 from Sulaimani, and 11 from Duhok.
Final results of the Kurdistan Region parliamentary election:
KDP: 688,070 votes – 45 seats
PUK: 319,219 votes – 21 seats
Gorran Movement: 186,903 votes – 12 seats
New Generation: 127,115 votes – 8 seats
Kurdistan Islamic Group (KIG): 109,494 votes – 7 seats
Towards Reform Coalition: 79,434 votes – 5 seats
Sardam Coalition: 15,581 votes – 1 seat
Azadi (Freedom): 8,063 votes – 1 seat
After announcing 85 percent of the results on Oct. 4, IHERC spokesperson Sherwan Zrar said the Commission had received 1,045 complaints related to voting which it would investigate before final results were confirmed.
Kurdistan’s parliamentary election kicked off on Sept. 30 for over three million voters, the first regional elections since the defeat of the so-called Islamic State.
According to the IHERC, 773 candidates from 29 political parties and coalitions competed for a seat in the parliament.