Federal court shelves session on Kurdistan election law
BAGHDAD — The Iraqi Federal Court has once again deferred a session intended to assess modifications to the Kurdistan parliamentary election law.
This latest postponement, announced on Sunday, is the eighth such delay in proceedings aimed at evaluating the constitutionality of sections 1, 9, 15, 22, and 36 of the election law for the Kurdistan Region.
These sections play a crucial role as they establish electoral districts and outline the distribution of quota seats as per the 1992 Law No. 1, governing parliamentary elections in Kurdistan. The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) advocates for a shift to a mixed-member proportional representation system with multiple constituencies. It argues that the current system, which treats the entire Kurdistan as a single constituency with 100 seats, fails to accurately reflect regional voting differences.
Furthermore, the PUK seeks to revise the minority quota system. It contends that the existing framework is manipulated by political factions and does not accurately represent the perspectives of the region’s ethnic and religious minorities.
The challenge was brought forth by Ziyad Jabar, a former PUK representative in the Kurdistan parliament, and Amanj Najib Shamon, a previous member of the Sulaymaniyah Provincial Council.