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An Iraqi voters displays the ink stained finger that indicates she voted. This year there will be fewer ink-stained fingers and more digital technology. (photo: كرس هندروس \ جيتي)
An Iraqi voters displays the ink stained finger that indicates she voted. This year there will be fewer ink-stained fingers and more digital technology. (photo: كرس هندروس \ جيتي)
An Iraqi voters displays the ink stained finger that indicates she voted. This year there will be fewer ink-stained fingers and more digital technology. (photo: كرس هندروس \ جيتي)
Election coverage:

IRAQ VOTES 2018

A list of all of NIQASH's coverage of the most important Iraqi elections in a decade, with links to all the stories published since the end of 2017. We'll keep this page updated and up front until the elections on…
26.04.2018
Bring It On, Haters:

In Northern Iraq, Election Campaigning Takes A Divisive Turn

Honar Hama Rasheed
In the past, there were parades and parties. But this month, in Iraqi Kurdistan, election campaigning has been all about insults, accusations and attack ads. Social media is one of the reasons why.
26.04.2018
The Grey Zone:

Iraqi Kurdistan’s Undecided Voters Will Decide Election Winners

Maaz Farhan
Given levels of voter apathy in Iraqi Kurdistan, turnout for elections is expected to be low. Which will make undecided voters all the more important, observers say.
26.04.2018
Defamed + Dishonoured:

Why Iraqi Politicians’ Sex Tapes Don’t Matter

Manar al-Zubaidi
Whether the pornographic videos being used to defame female candidates in Iraq’s elections are real or not, doesn’t matter. What matters is what the campaigns against women really say about Iraq.
26.04.2018
A poster in Anbar urges locals to vote. A poster in Anbar urges locals to vote. A poster in Anbar urges locals to vote.
An Iraqi Dream:

‘If Election Campaigning Lasted All Year, All The Streets Would Be Paved’

Kamal al-Ayash
In Anbar, locals are benefitting from election campaigning, financially and socially, as would-be-MPs do everything within their power to satisfy voters’ wishes.
26.04.2018
Iraqi members of Parliament being sworn in. PM Haider al-Abadi sits at the far right.
To The Rescue:
Can The Iraqi Constitution Save Kirkuk?
25.10.2017  |  Politics
The coffin of deceased leader, Jalal Talabani, in Sulaymaniyah. (photo: حمه سور)
Over His Dead Body:
At His Funeral, Senior Kurdish Statesman Unites Foes
12.10.2017  |  Politics
نجم الدين كريم  (photo: Shwan Nawzad)
Kirkuk’s Kurdish Governor:
If Baghdad Blockades Us, ‘We Will Manage’
27.09.2017  |  Politics
Alarming rumour: The Iraqi Kurdish military were headed for a showdown with the federal army.
Sects, Lies And Social Media:
Tall Tales Cause Tensions Ahead Of Kurdish Independence Referendum
20.09.2017  |  Politics
Neighbourhood Tactics:
Smaller Protests in Baghdad Get Bigger Results
17.08.2017  |  Politics
Iraq After The Islamic State:
No Unity On The Sunni Side Of The Street
12.07.2017  |  Politics
Iraqi Kurdish flag: For decades, just being Kurdish was enough to unite locals on the topic of independence.
Social Media Smoke Signals:
Why Iraqi Kurdistan’s Independence Referendum May Be Doomed
5.07.2017  |  Politics
The Facebook pages of Iraqi Kurdish leaders.
Storming Social Media:
In Iraqi Kurdistan, Facebook Is Protestors’ Last Resort
22.06.2017  |  Politics
A member of a Shiite Musilm militia wearing green and yellow, the Shia colours. (photo: موقع الحشد الشعبي)
Creating the Shiite Crescent:
As Extremists Lose Power In Iraq, Militias Loyal To Iran Gain It
14.06.2017  |  Politics