Sept. 26, 2013, noon
Iraq (September 21, 2013): Voters in the Iraqi Kurdistan participated in local elections on September 21, 2013 to elect 111 members to the Iraqi Kurdistan Parliament. In the Iraqi Kurdistan Parliament, 100 members are elected through open-list proportional representation, with 11 seats reserved for non-Kurdish minorities. With 98.5 percent of the votes having been counted, the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) has received the most votes in the election with 695,625 votes (36.9 percent). The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), which had the second most seats in Parliament, will lose seats in the new Parliament after receiving 316,248 votes (16.78 percent). The Movement for Change / Gorran will continue to serve as the prime opposition party in the Parliament after receiving 436,825 votes (23.17 percent). The Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) estimated that the voter turnout for the election was 73.9 percent.