As the 9th day of tension starting in Kirkuk continues after the election for parliament members which took place in Iraq last week President of Iraq High Election Commissioner’s Office Riyaz el-Bedran said that the members of the commissioner’s office were hostages and receiving death threats while the Kirkuk Governor’s office indicated that the commissioner’s office was not under siege but protests were going on.
Turkmen and Arabs claimed that the elections were corrupted and said that protests have continued for 5 days because the election polls collected in a warehouse belonging to Iraq High Election Commissioner’s Office have not left the city. President of Iraq High Election Commissioner’s Office Riyaz el-Bedran said that the members of the commissioner’s office were hostages in the city and some had received death threats. After this announcement, the response from the Governorship of Kirkuk was not delayed.
Rakan al-Cuburi, the Governor of Kirkuk, held a press conference today with the presence of Turkmen and Arab MPs in the city.
The Governor of Kirkuk said that the allegations of the Iraqi Independent Election High Commissioner’s Kirkuk office being under siege by armed groups did not reflect the truth and said, “There is no armed group in front of the office in the city. There are only Kirkuk citizens who are not happy with the election results and this peaceful action is protected by the police “.
The governor accused the Election Commissioner’s office for losing Turkmen and Arab votes and said “The Commissioner’s office is responsible for this tension. I call on the protestors to remain calm, avoid conflict with security forces and damage to public property “.