Voters heading to polling stations in Iraq’s Kurdistan parliamentary election

Voters in Iraq’s Kurdistan began streaming into polling stations on Sunday morning to elect a new parliament for the autonomous region, a year after failed independence bid.

More than three million registered voters are due to elect 111 deputies from a total of 773 candidates representing 29 political parties.

According to the regional Electoral Commission, vote counting will be carried out manually to quell any party’s concerns about potential vote-rigging, electoral manipulation or any other fraudulent acts.

The region’s legislative election, which is also the first since the defeat of so-called Islamic State (IS), comes almost five months after the parliamentary vote held throughout Iraq on May 12.

Source: International Islamic News Agency