98 percent of the people of South Kurdistan vote for independence

  • KRM - International Committee
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Kurdistan Referendum Movement - International Committee

PRESS RELEASE

London, 8 February 2005

During the general elections in Kurdistan on 30 January 2005, Kurdistan Referendum Movement conducted an unofficial referendum asking Kurdistani voters to choose one of these two options:

- I want Kurdistan to stay as part of Iraq

- I want Kurdistan to be independent

The Higher Committee of Referendum Movement in Kurdistan announced the results of the referendum in a press conference at Sheraton Hotel in Hewler, on Saturday 5 February 2005.

The total number of Kurdistani voters participating in the referendum was 1,998,061 people.

- 1,973412 people voted for independence.

- 19650 voted for Kurdistan to remain as part of Iraq.

Thus 98.8% of the people of Kurdistan have voted for independence.

The committee stated that the referendum was held in all Kurdish areas including Kirkuk, Khanaqin and Kurdish areas in Mosul province. But it excluded the Kurds living in Baghdad and other Arab cities and towns.

The Kurdish poet Sherco Bekas, member of the High Commission of Kurdistan Referendum Movement, stated that the Movement would take the results to the United Nation and the European Union.

A petition carrying the signatures of over 1,700,000 signatures asking for a UN-sponsored referendum on independence was delivered to the UN by the movement on 22 December 2004.

The results of all the votes in Kurdistan areas are as follows:

Province/area: Total votes / Votes for staying in Iraq / Votes for independence

Kirkuk: 131582 / 181 / 131274

Mosul: 165891 / 111 / 165780

Khanaqin: 36413 627 / 35786

Sulaymani: 656496 / 5796 / 650000

Hewler (Arbil): 636898 / 11289 / 622409

Duhok: 370781 / 2247 / 368163

Total: 1998061 / 20251 1973412

Percentage: 100% / 1.2% / 98.8%

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  • KRM - International Committee
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