The Kurds are getting rolling on a very tough election battle. The temptations to stuff ballots and the like will abound. They have pulled the invitation for the NCF to monitor the elections - which bodes ill. Still, the people are excited = the fight to win the ballot is on.
SULAIMANIYAH, Iraq – Kurdish candidates have begun campaigning for the first elections in four years in their semiautonomous territory in northern Iraq — and the kickoff heralds an unusually bitter campaign. The July 25 vote for a new 111-seat Kurdish National Assembly is expected to cast a spotlight on allegations of corruption and financial improprieties among the entrenched political parties who have held sway in this northern region for decades.