Elections in Iraq: April 20 Governorate Council Elections

Publication Date: 
16 Apr 2013
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Despite the ongoing and escalating political violence, on April 20, Iraqi citizens will elect their representatives to Governorate (Provincial) Councils. The Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) has made efforts to increase the level of information available for voters, including publication of election-related material on their website.

Elections will take place in 14 of 18 provinces, excluding Kirkuk and the three provinces of Kurdistan. Additionally, this election has the highest percentage of registered women candidates – standing at more than 26%. These elections will be a good test-run for parliamentary elections scheduled in 2014.

IFES' frequently asked questions (FAQs) on Elections in Iraq: April 20 Governorate Council Elections goes into detail and provides the context in which the elections will take place by answering key questions such as:

  • What is the legal framework?
  • What rules are there on campaigning and the media?
  • Who will count the votes?
  • How will disputes be adjudicated?

Download IFES' FAQs on Elections in Iraq: April 20 Governorate Council Elections.

Learn more about IFES' program in Iraq.