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Thread: May 12, 2018 Elections begin here, cast your votes!!

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    May 12, 2018 Elections begin here, cast your votes!!

    Ok so most of us here are aware of the Parliamentary Nation Wide Elections in Iraq on Saturday May 12th, 2018. that is 6 days from now 5/6/18

    Shown below are the parameters of this election process off Wikipedia.

    Please note this is not an "American" style election process, there is no direct vote by the population to elect a "President" or "Prime minister". the population casts votes to elect the Council of Representatives

    The elections will take place six months after an independence referendum in Iraqi Kurdistan, in which 93% voted in favour of independence. In retaliation, the Iraqi government led by Haider al-Abadi closed Erbil International Airport, seized control of all border crossings between Kurdistan and neighbouring countries and, with the help of the Hashd al-Shaabi militias, militarily seized control of disputed territories, including the oil-rich city of Kirkuk. Nonetheless, Iraqi politicians called for dialogue with the Iraqi Kurdistan government and for them to formally annul the results.[3]
    The elections were originally scheduled for September 2017, but were delayed by six months due to the civil war with ISIS which ended in December 2017 with the recapture of their remaining territories. The largest Sunni Arab majority coalition, the Muttahidoon (Uniters for Reform), called for a further six month's delay to allow displaced voters to return to their homes.[4] A Sunni Arab MP described holding the elections at this time as a "military coup against the political process".[5] However, the Supreme Court ruled that delaying the elections would be unconstitutional.[6]

    Members of the Council of Representatives are elected through the open list form of party-list proportional representation, using the 18 governorates of Iraq as the constituencies. The counting system uses the modified Sainte-LaguŽ method with a divisor of 1.7[7] which is considered as a disadvantage to smaller parties.[8] Eight seats remain reserved for minority groups at the national level: five for Christians and one each for Mandaeans, Yazidis, and Shabaks.[9][10] However, the Council of Representatives voted on 11 February 2018, to add an extra seat for minorities, in the Wasit Governorate for Feyli Kurds, making the total number of parliamentarians equal to 329.

    In January, the Supreme Court ruled that the representation for Yazidis should be increased, although it's unclear whether this change will be implemented in time for these elections.[11]

    So based on this information the general population will cast votes to elect the 329 Council of Representatives on May 12, 2018.

    NOTE: Be advised a majority within the Council would need to be 165, or better, to elect a "Prime Minister"


    Last edited by crazyfrank; 05-06-2018 at 07:25 PM.
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