Six days until the polling date.. How does the 2021 elections differ from the previous ones?

Six days until the polling date.. How does the 2021 elections differ from the previous ones?


Six days until the polling date.. How does the 2021 elections differ from the previous onesSix days separate us from the first early parliamentary elections without their usual date. These elections, which were due to be held in 2022, are being held, according to a new electoral law that adopts multiple electoral districts and voting for one candidate, which is supposed to limit the dominance of large parties on the political scene.

The number of voters in these elections is 25 million distributed among 83 electoral districts and 8,273 polling stations.

According to the distribution of constituencies and candidates, each constituency elects between three to five deputies, in proportion to the number of its residents.

The electoral districts were distributed as follows: 17 districts in Baghdad, 4 in Anbar, 8 in Nineveh, 3 in Kirkuk, 6 in Basra, 5 in Dhi Qar, 4 in Babil, 3 in Maysan, 3 in Wasit, two in Muthanna, and 3 in Qadisiyah. 3 in Karbala, 3 in Najaf, 4 in Diyala, 3 in Salah al-Din, 3 in Dohuk, 4 in Erbil, and 5 in Sulaymaniyah.

Candidates are competing for 329 seats, including 83 seats representing 25 percent of the total for women, in addition to nine seats for minorities distributed among Christians, Shabaks, Sabeans, Yazidis, and Faili Kurds.

The number of candidates is more than 3,240, including about 950 women, less than half the number of women who ran in the 2018 elections. There are also 789 independent candidates, while the rest are distributed within the lists of political parties and alliances.

The Independent High Electoral Commission confirmed that the results of the public and private votes will be announced within 24 hours.

It is noteworthy that the participation rate in 2018 was 44.52 percent, according to official figures, which critics believe is exaggerated.

According to specialists, the upcoming elections will vary widely, as the new electoral law gave serious guarantees by expanding the districts from 18 to 83 electoral districts, and this means that the oversight will be more severe than the candidates through their agents in polling stations and stations, as well as the international interest in monitoring the elections in an unfair manner. preceded.

The new Iraqi electoral law also stipulates that the commission will form a committee from the technically competent governmental institutions, to monitor the company that examines the voting equipment, provided that it submits a report to Parliament.

In the context of international support for the elections, more than 130 international staff members within the United Nations mission, distributed in 8,273 polling centers across the country, are monitoring the polls, in addition to technical measures, which its authors say will limit the manipulation of polling results.