93% of Iraqi Kurds Vote for Independence

By John Lee.

The Kurdistan Independent High Elections and Referendum Commission, yesterday announced the results of the Kurdistan independence referendum.

In a press conference, Hndren Muhammad, the head of the Commission, announced an overwhelming victory of Yes in the referendum and provided the following preliminary figures:

  • Eligible voters: 4,581,255.
  • Turnout: 3,305,925 voted in the referendum, which makes a turnout of 72.16 percent.
  • Yes votes: 2,861,471 people voted Yes, which represent 92.73 percent of the voters.
  • No votes: 224,468 people voted No, which represent 7.27 percent of the voters.
  • Votes cancelled: 170,611.
  • Invalid votes: 40,011.
  • Scratch votes: 9,368.

The Kurdistan Region’s citizens and Kurdistan areas outside the Kurdistan Regional Government’s authority voted in the independent referendum. Kurdistanis living abroad voted three days earlier.

Following the approval by the Court of Cassation, the above figures will become final results.

Baghdad has said it will not recognise the vote, and that it is not willing to negotiate.

(Sources: Kurdistan Independent High Elections and Referendum Commission, The Telegraph)

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