On April 30, 2014, Iraq will hold parliamentary elections to choose the 328 members of the Council of Representatives. These representatives, who are voted for from an open list system of proportional representation using the governorates as the constituencies, will in turn elect the Iraqi president and prime minister. What is of interest to all readers is the pre-election politicking, Iraqi-style. Unfortunately, this process includes an unhealthy dose of jostling for power and escalating violence.
The candidates who are running for the Iraqi parliament are campaigning on a range of interesting social and political issues, including the lengthy electrical power cuts, poor wastewater treatment, rampant corruption and high unemployment. However, the competition between the various Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish parties are also revealing about the nature of Iraq’s practice of the Iraqi style of democracy running under umbrella coalitions.
Rise in violence
There will be more pre-election shenanigans that are likely to further illuminate Iraq’s unique form of democracyDr. Theodore Karasik