KRG halts preparations for Nov. 1 polls
Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) on Wednesday announced its decision to suspend preparations for KRG presidential and parliamentary elections slated for Nov. 1.

“All preparations for the Nov. 1 polls have been temporarily suspended due to recent regional developments and a shortage of candidates,” the KRG’s official electoral commission said in a statement.

According to the same statement, the Erbil-based Kurdish parliament will meet to decide when preparations for the polls will resume.

According to Anadolu news agency the announcement has prompted some speculation that the KRG elections may be postponed altogether.

On Sept. 25, people in the region voted on whether or not to declare full political autonomy from Iraq.

According to poll results announced by the KRG, almost 93 percent of those who cast ballots voted in favor of independence.

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News Code: 17319  |  Date: 2017/10/19  |  Time: 9 : 52

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