Expected to Increase in the Afternoon

Women’s Participation in Provincial Council Elections Half That of Men’s

BAGHDAD, December 18 – Viyan Al-Sheikh Ali, the head of the Tamouz Observer Network, reported that women’s participation in the provincial council elections is currently half that of men, according to their monitoring. However, she anticipates an increase in female turnout later in the day, as many women prefer to vote in the afternoon.

According to Viyan Al-Sheikh Ali, “Overall participation in the provincial council elections has been weak so far, which is reflected in women’s participation. Our findings indicate that women’s turnout has reached half of that of men, based on statistics and observations at the centers where we were present. However, these statistics cannot be considered a definitive indicator until voting concludes, as there might be women preferring to vote after noon.”