election FAQ

Elections in Iraq: 2018 Council of Representatives Elections


On May 12, Iraq will hold elections for all 329 seats in the Council of Representatives (CoR). CoR members will elect the next president from among themselves within 30 days from their first convening, and the president will then select a prime minister from the majority coalition in the CoR.

The legislative framework for this year’s CoR elections is based on the Elections Law 45 of 2013, amended twice in 2018, and on regulations issued by the Independent High Electoral Commission.

To help you understand this important electoral process, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) provides Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Elections in Iraq: 2018 Council of Representatives Elections. IFES FAQs include:

  • Will any seats be reserved for women or minority groups?
  • What is the legal framework for this election?
  • What is the automated voter registration system?
  • How will internally displaced persons vote?