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Kurdish Press Details Election Fraud


More specific allegations of voter fraud are being raised in Iraqi Kurdistan:

The situation is currently critical in southern Kurdistan and a nasty riot may occur anytime soon. The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) has began its systematic and widespread irregularities by turning the election on their favour from 15:30 onward during the election day on 25th of July, particularly in Arbil and Duhok by using several different methods especially in the extended hour of voting such as thousands of Peshmerga voted again while they have been voting on the 23rd of July separately and others have voted without finding their names on the register.

Opposition parties have registered complains of instances of fraud. President Barzani and the Iraqi high electoral commission have been accused directly for being biased and of doing nothing. If however the angry public turn violence during this sensitive time of Kurdistan is political and economical development, without a doubt the history will repeat itself “civil war” will weaken KRG and make it an easy target for the enemies in the surrounding area.

Qubad Talabani had on several occassions misled about the participation of international election monitors in order to stem criticism. While the leading political parties did sponsor some of their own monitors, these neither included professional groups nor, in most cases, the long-term monitors who are necessary to determine the ability of opposition to campaign freely. It is disappointing that American University would send a short-term delegation to monitor elections after American University received generous grants from the Barzani family. Universities should not exist as institutions for hire.

There are also some bubbling rumors that the opposition may challenge Masud Barzani’s eligibility given his previous association with Saddam Hussein. That won’t succeed, but it certainly does point to the animosity and antagonism which may mark the next couple years in Iraqi Kurdistan.


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