A man shows his ink-stained finger to indicate he voted after the Kurdistan Region’s parliamentary election in 2013. Photo: Sartip Othman | Rudaw
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — Starting on Wednesday, eligible voters in the Kurdistan Region can visit their local offices to begin registering for parliamentary election.
A new voter list will be used for the upcoming election that “is cleaned of repeated names or the names of the dead” and “can be used for 18 years without renewal,” Karwan Jalal, the director general of data for Kurdistan Region’s High Independent Referendum and Electoral Commission, said in a press conference on Tuesday.
“The database that was available before and used by the commission was criticized by political parties, civil community organizations, and media,” Jalal explained.
After much debate about whether to alter the previous voter roll or compile a new one, the electoral body agreed in June
to make a new one based on food ration cards and information from Iraq’s High Independent Electoral Commission.
“The database is based on ration cards because all citizens of Kurdistan have a ration card,” he said.
Ration card information is updated every month according to information from the Ministry of Trade, he added.
The Kurdistan Region will hold parliamentary election on September 30.