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How Yazidi votes are lost in elections in Iraqi Kurdistan and Iraq

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Iraqi Kurdistan is unlikely to hold parliamentary elections on time due to technical problems, as the regional election commission recently announced.

The mandate of the Independent High Elections and Referendum Commission (IHERC) expired on December 20, 2019 and Kurdish deputies need to adopt a new law to renew its mandate.

Since most of the Yezidi population is in camps for refugees and IDP camps, many of them do not have new identity documents. Representatives of the Yezidi minority are invited to elections and they are told that they can take part in parliamentary elections, after elections take place the authorities in Iraq declare that people who voted in IDP camps have old documents and their votes are not valid, thus votes of the Yezidi minority are not counted at all. Such democratic elections are taking place both in Kurdistan and in Iraq, whether the representatives of the Yezidi minority will be given new documents in time remains a question.  

Meanwhile, the current parliamentary term ends on November 6, 2022, so voting is expected to take place before that date. The President of Kurdistan, Nechirvan Barzani, earlier this year decided that the next elections should be held on October 1.

However, the representative of "IHERC", Shorish Hasan, said that the parliament has not yet extended the mandate of the commission in order to begin preparations for the elections. He also pointed out that once the mandate is extended, the Kurdish president must set a new date for the elections, which "must not" be less than six months before the vote.

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