Iraq Elections See Low Voter Turnout

The image shows a 2019 protest in Baghdad, part of the movement which called for new parliamentary elections. (Photo courtesy of Mohmmd Abd, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons)

In 2019, protestors across Iraq demanded new parliamentary elections. They finally took place on Sunday, but the election was plagued by low voter turnout. Samuel with Redemptive Stories says, “In many cases, and particularly in the governance regions away from major cities, turnout was only around 25 to 30 percent of the potential voting population.”

Many protestors chose to boycott the election, saying it wouldn’t bring actual change to the corrupt system. Samuel says votes are still being tallied, but no party currently has enough to gain a majority. Now, the backroom deals begin.

Election results

Still, the election did bring some definite results. Samuel says, “One of the positives to come out has been the hits that many of the Iranian militia parties have taken in the election. They have not done very well.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller

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