Record Low Turnout as Iraq Awaits Vote Results

Boycotts drive turnout down to 41%

Iraq’s parliamentary elections have come and gone, and results are being withheld until at least Monday afternoon local time. The vote, such as it was, appears to have been carried out in relative calm.

That’s not to say it isn’t looking like a failure, however. After a 2018 election where low turnout led to questions about the legitimacy of the vote, this year’s round is setting up to have a record low turnout, at a paltry 41%.

Impressively, voter turnout declined not as a result of any voter intimidation, but rather voter disillusion and boycotts from people who want change and don’t see the political system as an avenue for it.

Its not clear if anyone will take a strong majority in the vote. Thats been a problem in recent votes, with many inconclusive.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.