Iraqi Kurdistan independence referendum, 2005

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Iraqi Kurdistan independence referendum, 2005
Do you want Kurdistan to become an independent state?
Location Northern Iraq
Date 30 January 2005
Results
Votes %
Yes 1,973,412 98.98%
No 20,251 1.02%
Valid votes 1,993,663 99.78%
Invalid or blank votes 4,398 0.22%
Total votes 1,998,061 100.00%
Results by Governorate
2005 Iraqi Kurdistan independence referendum map.svg
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An informal independence referendum for Iraqi Kurdistan was held on 30 January 2005, with final results showing the vast majority of votes, 98.98 percent, cast in favour of independence. Conducted by the Kurdistan Referendum Movement alongside the Iraqi parliamentary elections and Iraqi Kurdistan elections of 2005, the referendum asked the people of Iraqi Kurdistan whether they favoured remaining a part of Iraq or were in favour of an independent Kurdistan.[1] On 22 December 2004, a non-partisan delegation headed by Ardishir Rashidi-Kalhur, president of the Kurdish American Education Society met with Carina Perelli, Head of the U.N. Electoral Assistance Division and staff, at The United Nations Headquarters in New York, to hand over 1,732,535 signatures, which were collected endorsing the call for an independence referendum on the future of Southern Kurdistan.

Results[edit]

Area: Independence Stay in Iraq Total Independence % Stay in Iraq %
Kerkuk: 131,274 181 131,582 99.88 0.12
Nineveh: 165,780 111 165,891 99.93 0.07
Diyala: 35,786 627 36,413 98.28 1.72
Silemani: 650,000 5,796 656,496 99.12 0.88
Hewler: 622,409 11,289 636,898 98.23 1.77
Dahuk: 368,163 2,247 370,781 99.39 0.61
Total: 1,973,412 20,251 1,998,061 98.88% 1.12%

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Kurdistan Referendum Movement – International Committee (8 February 2005). "Press release: 98 percent of the people of South Kurdistan vote for independence". indybay.org. London, United Kingdom: San Francisco Bay Area Independent Media Center. Retrieved 28 September 2017.