Iraq and Gulf Analysis

The Iraqi Elections Commission Publishes the List of Political Entities for the 2014 Parliamentary Elections

Posted by Reidar Visser on Wednesday, 20 November 2013 19:35

Coinciding with the expiry of the extended deadline for registering political entities for the April 2014 parliamentary elections (and following approval of changes to the electoral system), a list of 142 entities certified by the Iraqi elections commission so far was released today. It is possible that there will be last minute additions, but most of the big players are included, suggesting the list gives a good picture of the parties that will take part in the elections.  That being said, one should perhaps not look to this list with too much in the way of expectations about answers to what the political landscape will be like in the next general elections in Iraq. During the run-up to the previous elections in March 2010, it became clear that it was the subsequent announcement of coalitions – expected to take place in December this year – that proved significant as a harbinger of the electoral frontlines.

Nonetheless, it is worth taking a closer look at this material. Starting with the Shiite Islamists, all the big parties are in there, and there is also evidence of the persistence of some of the internal subdivisions within the State of Law alliance that came to the fore in the local elections this year. Thus, firstly there are Ahrar (Sadrists), Risaliyun (Shahmani), Fadila, Badr, Hizbollah in Iraq (Sari), Muwatin (ISCI), Iraq National Congress (Chalabi), Muwafaq al-Rubayie, Daawa (Tanzim al-Dakhil), Daawa (Maliki), Daawa (Tanzim al-Iraq), Daawa (Haraka), Independents (Shahristani), as well as State of Law somewhat incongruously registered as an “entity” in the name of Haydar al-Abbadi (the same thing happened before the local elections and it is a little unclear why they are registering the coalition as a party). Independent Sabah al- Saadi, formerly of Fadila and with notoriety for his battle with PM Maliki, has his own party; the Shaykhi subsect of Basra is also running an entity of their own (Amir al-Fayiz). And then there are small parties of people with ties to State of Law: Ali al-Dabbagh, Shirwan al-Waeli and Haytham al-Jibburi. Some of these managed to win seats in the local elections in April. By continuing to exist as recognizable entities, they also signify potential centres of gravity catering for the same electorate that Maliki has appealed to in the past. Finally, two ministers considered close to Maliki that are running separate parties may perhaps be considered in a different light since they appeal to voters outside the Shiite Islamist base of Maliki. They are Sadun al-Dulaymi (Sunni Arab) and Turhan al-Mufti (Turkmen).

Turning to the secular-Sunni circles that in the past have been associated with Iraqiyya, an even greater degree of formal fragmentation can be seen. There is no entity called Iraqiyya as such. What was formerly Wifaq of Ayyad Allawi is now registered under the name of Nationalism (Al-Wataniya). Then there is the Mutahiddun list of parliament speaker Nujayfi , the Future party of Dhafir al-Ani, the small party of Hussein al-Shaalan, as well as a flurry of small lists associated with the defections from Iraqiyya in parliament that happened mainly in 2012 before and after the targeting of Vice President Tareq alHashemi. These include already known entities like White, Hall, Free Iraqiyya and Wataniyun, but there are also separate entities associated with figures like Ahmad al-Masari, Mustafa al-Hiti and Talal al-Zubayie. Saleh al-Mutlak does not appear to have registered a separate list, whereas it is noteworthy that the Iraqi Islamic Party (Sunni Islamist) has reappeared after it lost greatly to Iraqiyya in 2010 and was of little significance in the local elections in April this year.

Two significant omissions must be mentioned. For some reason, the Kurdish KDP party is not listed. Unless this is intended as grandstanding by Masud Barzani (who has hinted at the possibility of boycotting the elections), this presumably relates to a technicality. Also it is unclear whether a list loyal to Asaeb Ahl al-Haqq group, the Sadrist splinter group that has more recently flirted with Maliki, is included in this material. There is no obvious connection through name, but the party leadership has vowed it will run in the next elections.

All in all, it is the nature of an entity list of this kind that a fragmented picture appears. The list is a collection of potentials, and people who may intend to join coalitions at a future stage may have registered separately simply because of their own hubris. It is the coalition list that will truly count, and that is expected in December.

3 Responses to “The Iraqi Elections Commission Publishes the List of Political Entities for the 2014 Parliamentary Elections”

  1. Salah said

    Did you hear about the new rule for Iraqi who should vote in next election?

    All Iraqis who hold dual citizenship are have NO right for voting in the next election!

    This may be put 5-6 Millions Iraqi outside Iraq out of voting process.

    Well, democracy flourishing in Iraq under Al-Qanoon ?Dawaa parties 2014……

  2. Thanks Salah. I read those articles but they don’t cite the new law. Where is the article that removes the right of voting from dual-citizenship Iraqis?

    The references to nationality I can find in the new law are in article 5:

    المادة (5)
    يشترط في الناخب آن يكون :
    أولا: عراقي الجنسية .
    ثانياً: كامل الأهلية .
    ثالثاً: أتم الثامنة عشر من عمره في السنة التي تجري فيها الانتخابات .
    رابعاً: مسجلا في سجل الناخبين وفقاً لأحكام هذا القانون والانظمة والاجراءات التي تصدرها المفوضية

    Just stipulating Iraqi citizenship as a requirement for voting.

    There have been false rumours that the new law deprives Iraqi exiles from voting because they are not specifically mentioned. This is an incorrect interpretation. Special arrangements for Iraqi exiles were present in the 2005 law, but that was only because it effectively limited their right to vote to the compensation seats quota only. That was fixed during the revision of the electoral law in 2009 whereby Iraqis in exile were given the right to vote normally based on their home governorate. As such, it was left for IHEC to determine the exact procedures and I have assumed the same thing will be done in 2014.

  3. Salah said

    Thanks Reidar,
    I don’t know if these rumours with stipulating Iraqi citizenship, will affecting those are in power or government?
    As many of them have dual citizenship, many well know names there are.

    I hope this matter will be deal with responsibly and wisely as looks Maliki and his Co with some interference by Iranian to have other voices less trouble making for next election or may be Maliki’s 3rd term?

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