On Sunday, December 6, 2009, the Iraqi parliament finally passed an election law for the 2010 elections. The Presidency Council swiftly approved the measure, the result of sensitive negotiations among Iraq’s top legislators.
- The 325-seat parliament will consist of 310 seats for the provinces, eight seats for minority groups, and seven compensatory seats.
- Provincial seats will be distributed on the basis of the 2005 Ministry of Trade’s population numbers (based on food ration cards), with 2.8% population growth added for all provinces.
- Iraqis living abroad will vote for representatives of their home provinces, with no special status attributed to them.
- Minority seats will be distributed as follows: five Christian seats will be contested within a single national district reserved for Christians. In addition, Yazidis will have one reserved seat in Nineveh, Saibis one in Baghdad, and Shabakis one in Nineveh.
- The seven remaining compensatory seats will be distributed among parties that fare well on the national level but do not gain any seats on the provincial level
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