Iraqi Election Commission overturns quota decision for 2024 Kurdistan Regional Parliament elections

BAGHDAD — Jumana al-Ghalai, spokeswoman for the Iraqi Election Commission, announced that on 20 May, the Judicial Election Commission nullified a prior decision by the Board of Commissioners. This decision had previously responded to a claim submitted by representatives of religious and national components in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) regarding the 2024 Kurdistan Regional Parliament elections.

Al-Ghalai explained that the Federal Supreme Court ruled Clause 11 in Article 1 of the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Parliament Elections Law No. 1 of 1992 unconstitutional. Consequently, the Court mandated the Kurdistan Regional Parliament to comprise 100 seats: 34 in Erbil, 38 in Sulaymaniyah, 25 in Dohuk, and 3 in Halabja.

Additionally, the commission allocated 5 quota seats for minority components: 2 seats for Christians and Turkmen in Erbil, 2 for Christians and Turkmen in Sulaymaniyah, and 1 seat for Armenians in Nohadra (Dohuk).

The decision to adjust quota seats was met with condemnation from Chaldean–Syriac–Assyrian parties and organizations, who demanded the restoration of 5 Christian seats in the Kurdistan Regional Parliament, as previously designated.