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Presidential elections in limbo with no confirmed candidates

By Rudaw 3/10/2017
Gorran’s candidate, Mohammed Tofiq Rahim, has registered but his candidacy is pending approval. File photo: Rudaw
Gorran’s candidate, Mohammed Tofiq Rahim, has registered but his candidacy is pending approval. File photo: Rudaw
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – There are currently no candidates officially registered to run for the post of president of the Kurdistan Region in the November 1 elections, according to the Region’s electoral commission. 

Gorran’s Mohammed Tofiq Rahim has submitted registration paperwork, but he did so late and the electoral commission is carrying out consultations to determine if they can accept his candidacy, the electoral commission’s spokesperson Shirwan Zirar told Rudaw. 

According to the Region’s presidential law, candidates must register 30 days prior to an election. Presidential elections are due to be held on November 1, along with parliamentary elections. 

The electoral commission is consulting with the relevant authorities, including the parliament’s legal committee, to see if it is possible to accept Rahim’s candidacy, Zirar said. At the moment, Rahim’s registration is pending.

No other candidate has registered for the election, he confirmed, adding that the commission will carry out further consultations to determine what action to take with respect to the November 1 elections. 

According to the laws of the commission, elections will not be held if no one registers as candidate for the position of the Kurdistan Region’s president.  


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Muraz Adzhoev | 3/10/2017
The presidential elections. even if Gorran’s opportunist candidate is registered, can not be conducted without at least one another candidate.
A Concern Kurd | 3/10/2017
hmmm, Wouldn't the leader of a party with most votes be the president?
FAUthman | 3/10/2017
Good luck finding replacements to Barzani. You have less than four weeks to do so. Yes Mr parliamentary speaker and spokeman for Gorran why dont you tell us who is your candidate that is better and should replace President Barzani, whom you have been badmouthing all these years!
No Gorran Please | 4/10/2017
I wonder why Barham Salih has not candidate himself for the post of the Kurdistan Presidency! As a Kurd, I believe he should! It is a national duty to serve our people the best we can. I do not believe the Kurdistan Presidency should go to any member of the Gorran party. Time and again the leadership of that party has shown to be in the pocket of the Iranian government and their policies to be against the interests of our nation. So, preventing that from happening, is another GOOD REASON for Barham Salih to run.
Serwan | 4/10/2017
Is this a joke of some sort?

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