Special News Report of Shiite News about Iraqi election and Electoral Alliances
Political Parties ‘Alliances intensified their campaign to muster maximum support for March 7th parliamentary election of Iraq.
Shiite News Correspondent special report about Iraqi Election, More than 29 million voters are eligible to choose among more than 6000 electoral contestants. Over 800 foreign journalists have landed in Iraq for the coverage of the elections, second since the dislodging of dictatorial regime of Saddam led Ba’ath party.
Iraqi election commission has assured that more than 52000 Ballot boxes would be available at around 11000 polling stations.
Although many political parties and Alliances have fielded their candidates, Six alliances are considered relatively more influential in the electoral politics.
1) State of Law Coalition
State of Law Coalition is led by present Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Malaki-with electoral slate number 327. This alliance has emerged the most powerful alliance—it’s being said that the alliance may break record by securing thumping majority in Iraqi parliament.
The alliance comprises of 34 political parties and groups—prominent among them are; Hizb-ud-Dawa, Al-Mustaqilon, Al-Watania and eminent Iraqi Sunni and Shia Muslims, Christians and influential leaders including Nouri al-Malaki, Hajim al-Hassani (Sunni leader and former speaker of National Assembly),
Hussain Shahrestani, and Jaffar al-Sadr. The coalition did well during the 2009 provincial vote.
The Alliance has assured Iraqi’s territorial Integrity, sovereignty and an end to the rule under chapter VII of United Nations charter, formation of stable Central Government, rule of law and accountability since Ba’ath party Government to date.
2) Iraqi National Alliance
Iraqi National Alliance with slate number 316. Political pundits believed that the Alliance of more than 30 Shia parties pose serious challenges to all the rivals especially Prime Minister Malaki led alliance in particular.
Parties in this alliance had contested the previous election under the banner of Untied National Alliance. The Alliance includes Syed Ammar al-Hakeem’s Supreme Council of Islamic Iraq, Muqtada Al-Sadr’s Mehdi Army and followers of Sadr trend, Former Prime Minister Ibrahim Jafferi’s National Reforms party, Ahmed Chalabi’s Iraqi National Congress and Hizb-e-Fadhila Islami.
3) Kurdistan Alliance
Iraqi President Jalal Talabani –led Patriotic Union of Kurdistan and Masood Barzani—led Kurdistan Democratic party are part of 13 parties alliance but face an opposition movement called Gorran, or Change.
Masood Barzani has announced that this alliance will nominate Mr Jalal Talabani for reelection as President of Iraq.
Political observers have predicted the Alliance will secure lesser vote like it did in Kurdistan’s election 4 months ago. Kurdistan Islamic Movement is the only religious party in this secular parties alliance that has been allotted electoral slate number 372.
Al-Iraqiya is the alliance of more than 20 parties and groups that is led by former interim Prime Minister of Iraq Ayad Allavi.
Iraqi Vice President Tariq al-Hashmi’ s party Tajadud, Saleh al-Mutlaq’s party National Talk, and Ajeel Yawar’s party Reform and Justice Movement are known parties of the alliance. The alliance enjoy’s Saudia Arabian and some other Arab countries support despite that the fact that Ayad Allavi and majority of the alliance leaders are the remnants of Saddam Ba’ath party.
Saudia Arabia had supported anti-Saddam, US led alliance in the gulf war in 1990’s and its airspace was used for US led attacks on Iraq in 2003.
Interestingly, So-called Sunni leader such as Saleh al-Mutlaq and Dhafir al-Ani are in-fact also remnants of Saddam Baath’s party like Ayad Allavi.
Two of its other leaders, Saleh al-Mutlaq and Dhafir al-Ani, both members of Parliament, were disqualified from running because of alleged sympathies to Saddam Hussein’s Baath Party.
Saleh al-Mutlaq, first announced boycott of the elections and then appealed for active participation in the elections. Ayad Allavi ahd met high Saudi officials including the Saudi King Abdullah and Saudi Government assured all out support and offered billions of dollars to held Ayad Allavi t prevent the legitimate Shia led government.
Political commentators have expressed apprehensions that Saudi Arabia and their allies were trying to impede fair and legitimate political and democratic process in Iraq so as to escape pressure on monarchic Governments in Arab world for establishment of democratic governments like Iraq.
Saudi Arabia is also trying that Ayad Allavi and its allies should create conditions for martial law or dictatorial rule in Iraq.
5) Unity Alliance of Iraq
Iraqi Unity Alliance comprises of 38 political parties. Iraqi Interior Minister Jawad al-Bolani, a Shiite Muslim, Anbar’s most prominent tribal leader, Sheik Ahmed Abu Risha, Sheik Ahmed Abdul Ghafour al-Samarrai and Bedari Militant force are the prominent among the parties of new electoral alliance that eyes on Iraq’s presidency. Many of its candidates were disqualified because of Ba’athist pasts or sympathies. Its electoral slate number is 348.
6) Iraqi Accord
Also known as Tawafiq, This coalition is the alliance of four Sunni parties. Osama Tikriti’s Iraqi Islamic Party is relatively known party as compare to other component parties of the alliance. Ayad al-Samarrai, current speaker of National Assembly is the most prominent leader the alliance.
It is the biggest platform of Sunni community of Iraq despite the fact that majority of the alliance leaders joined the other coalitions including current Iraqi Sunni Vice President Tariq Al-Hashmi, who joined Al-Iraqiya Alliance.
Political observers believed that the Alliance would succeed the majority votes of the Sunni community of Iraq in March 7 election.