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The White House Congratulates The Iraqi Government On Holding The Elections
the scientist| 10:53 – 10/12/2021 Baghdad – Mawazine News The White House congratulated the Iraqi government, on Tuesday, for holding the elections, which it said “were conducted in a largely peaceful atmosphere,” and indicated that it was “waiting for the ratification of the results.”
“We congratulate the Iraqi government on fulfilling its promise to hold early elections,” White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters.
“Once the final results are ratified, we hope that members of the new parliament will form a government that embodies the will of the Iraqi people,” she added.
The Independent High Electoral Commission in Iraq announced preliminary results issued by the Sadrist movement led by Muqtada al-Sadr, and the “Progress” alliance led by Parliament Speaker Muhammad al-Halbousi came second, and the “State of Law” alliance led by former Prime Minister Nizri al-Maliki came in third place. finished 29/ 87 https://www.mawazin.net/Details.aspx?jimare=170924
Iraq’s Electoral System
Why successive reforms fail to bring change
Dr Victoria Stewart-Jolley Oct 6, 2021 Summary
—After all but one of Iraq’s parliamentary elections since 2005, the country has reformed its election laws in response to public pressure.
Despite the introduction of new electoral legislation, the formation of government continues to be removed from voters and often disregards actual electoral results.
Instead, the process focuses on distributing senior posts, as well as the control of ‘sovereign’ and state ministries, to members of a coalition that is agreed among political parties – not necessarily those that have won the most votes.
—In 2005, following the first parliamentary elections since the fall of Saddam Hussein, a coalition of parties formed a government of national unity.
This model has been adopted for successive governments.
In 2010, under this model, the party with the most seats was not allowed to attempt to form a government, increasing the sense of disconnect between elections and those in power.
In the two elections that followed, the formation of governments and the distribution of senior posts and ministries was based on factional entitlement and political agreement, rather than the popular vote.
—The most recent reforms in 2019 and 2020 brought in a new voting system, the single non-transferable vote (SNTV).
This is effectively a first-past-the-post system in multi-seat constituencies that should automatically allocate seats to those candidates with the most votes.
This system tends to favour individual candidates rather than political parties.
—The adoption of the SNTV is likely to reduce the number of seats that each party can win, making it more difficult to form a coalition as a greater number of parties will need to come together to establish a government.
The government formation system itself remains unaltered by the reforms.
—In order for real reform to take place, the system that allows the distribution of posts and ministries along sectarian lines needs to be both changed and regulated.
In the absence of real change, government formation in Iraq will continue to be detached from the public vote, which raises the prospect of further disruption and protest.
The Obelisk Publishes The Names Of The Blocs With The Highest Seats In Parliament
10/11/2021 21:39 number of readings 1746 Section : Iraq Baghdad / Obelisk: The Obelisk Agency publishes, on Monday, October 11, 2021, the names of the blocs with the highest number of seats in Parliament, according to the results announced by the Electoral Commission during the private and public votes.
According to the results, the bloc with the highest number of seats in parliament is the Sadrist bloc with 73 seats, followed by the bloc that advances with 38 seats.
The State of Law bloc, headed by former Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, came third with 37 seats.
The results showed that the list of the Kurdistan Democratic Party led by Massoud Barzani advanced in the governorates of Dohuk and Erbil in the Kurdistan Region.
The Commission announced that the results of the manual counting and the electronic count matched, and said that the initial participation rate in the elections amounted to 41%.
The head of the High Electoral Commission, Jalil Adnan Khalaf, said in a press conference on Monday that the commission will start receiving appeals from Tuesday for a period of 3 days.
More than 3,200 candidates representing 21 coalitions and 109 parties, along with independents, competed in these elections to win 329 seats in Parliament.
Experts believe that the distribution of parliament seats will be fragmented, which means the absence of a clear majority, which will eventually force the blocs to negotiate for alliances