ERBIL — Nearly 3,000 Armenians in the Kurdistan Region are eligible to vote in the upcoming parliamentary election to send one representative to Kurdistan’s legislative.
Yarwat Nisan Armenian, one of the candidates, told BasNews that people from his community are committed to further develop the present spirit of peaceful coexistence of all the components in the Kurdistan Region, and they are working to bring the efforts to Kurdistan Parliament.
Armenians have one reserved seat in the Kurdistan Region parliament, for which six candidates are running in the 30 September election.
“Our slogan for the upcoming polls is ‘Believe in Future’,” the candidate said.
He highlighted the open political atmosphere in the Kurdistan Region, through which the minorities, including Armenians, enjoy their rights. He pointed out that, if elected to the legislative, he will be making pressure for official recognition of the genocide of Armenians.
Morad Wartanian, another Armenian candidate, told BasNews that people from his community are passionate about the upcoming election and they will make an outstanding contribution to the turnout.
“We are ready to contribute to the efforts for a strong Kurdistan,” he added.
Wartanian reminded that Armenians, during the war against the Islamic State (IS) in 2014, had formed a group of volunteer forces who joined the Peshmerga on the frontlines and defended “the land and dignity” of Kurdistan.