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PUK accuses KDP of election fraud in Nineveh and Shingal

By Rudaw 14/5/2018
Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) leadership council member Nasrullah Surchi gives a press conference, May 14, 2018. Photo: Rudaw
Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) leadership council member Nasrullah Surchi gives a press conference, May 14, 2018. Photo: Rudaw
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) leadership council member Nasrullah Surchi has accused the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) of election fraud in Nineveh and Shingal, claiming the party blocked roads into Mosul, tampered with ballot boxes, and intimidated voters.

“They [KDP] coordinated between the Khazer checkpoint with the party’s political committee in that area to prohibit travelling to Mosul because our list got ahead of the KDP list,” Surchi, head of PUK’s office in Mosul, told a press conference on Monday.

“They say they don’t accept any list in that area to get ahead of their list,” Surchi claimed.

The KDP claims it had obtained seven seats in Nineveh province. Surchi says the KDP has only obtained four, while the PUK secured one.

He claimed KDP gunmen fired at the homes of PUK supporters. He also claimed the KDP hid Shingal’s ballot boxes in a warehouse for three days ahead of the vote and allowed security forces and Asayish to enter polling stations to intimidate voters.

“Wherever people are, they are free. They [KDP] don’t have the right to behave in this way with our cadres and supporters,” Surchi said.

The PUK has filed 38 complaints in Duhok and eight in Mosul with the election commission, he said.

The PUK itself is under fire for alleged fraud in Kirkuk and Sulaimani. The KDP, the Kurdistan Islamic Union (KIU), the Change Movement (Gorran), the Coalition for Democracy and Justice (CDJ), Komal, the Kurdistan Communist Party, and the Iraqi Turkmen Front (ITF) have accused the PUK of rigging the vote.

Surchi said the PUK is ready to commit to whatever decision the electoral commission makes, and that everyone has the right to file complaints for violations.

Six Kurdish parties met in Erbil on Monday to discuss their joint response to allegations of fraud. They have asked the commission to rerun the entire electoral process in the Kurdistan Region, Kirkuk and the disputed territories.

Incumbent Iraqi prime minister Haider al-Abadi, whose Nasr (Victory) coalition has performed far worse than many polls predicted, has called on parities and citizens to respect the results.  

Comments

 
One thing is certain | 14/5/2018
One thing is certain, as long as our struggle is divided among those who prefer being the slaves of the oppressor, the corrupt and the selfeserved, we will remain without power and everyone will lose. Know this, the Kurdistani are on the rise and will not satisfy for anything less than independence!
Muraz Adzhoev | 14/5/2018
The situation in failed Iraqi arab islamic federation clearly indicates that it is obviously necessary for the sovereign authorities of Kurdistan Region and the High Political Council led by the head of the KDP Masoud Mustafa Barzani to declare at last independence of reintegrated Southern Kurdistan in accordance with the outcome of the 25.09.2017 Referendum and on behalf of the People. In the currently ongoing circumstances and geopolitical preconditions in the Middle East the Declaration will highly likely be supported internationally and in particular by US, EU, Israel, other states, member-countries of the UN, certainly including Russia.
saman | 14/5/2018
when i read news like this i am become even more confident that the referendum was a joke. they cant even agree on simple elections. thank god the referendum failed miserably. thank god
Gunrash | 14/5/2018
Maybe Lahur Sheikh Rambo should send his SWAT hoodlums to shoot at the KDP headquarters. Buildings don't shoot back, shia militias do. If only he had the balls and the honor he projects, we might still have Kirkuk.
James | 15/5/2018
When I heard Saddams speaker anouncing he had won 100 % of the votes, I thought it couldnt get more ridiculous in Iraqi elections. Obviously I was wrong. Now we have a lot of little Saddams.
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