Iraqi Election Details are out.

(Curtsy: Politburo Diktat)

The ballot for the Iraqi elections scheduled for Jan. 30 may list about 200 parties or individuals, each identified on a line with a name and a logo, but each voter will have a single vote to cast.

(was that in question? or is this in response to the ukrainian mess…)

A party or group of individuals making up a political entity, such as the popular Shiite Dawa party, can put forward a slate for as many as 275 of the seats, but every group must put forward at least 12 candidates, according to the electoral law. In addition, one out of every three candidates on each list must be a woman.

I wonder if that will be permanent, or only this time around, to get the ball rolling.

Under the proportional representation system adopted, a party or political entity would win seats in the assembly based on the proportion of the nationwide vote it gathered. For example, if one party had a list of 50 candidates and gathered 10 percent of the overall vote, the top 27 candidates on its list would be in the 275-person assembly. Nine of them would have to be women.

I like this. Politburo points out:

“200 parties will include many that will fall below the threshhold needed to get one delegate and others that will only earn a few.”

But this encourages teamwork, sort of, and forming coalitions, which constantly change. Small groups find what they agree on and form one big group to gain power, then start to argue, and the little guys under them unseat them, and it constantly rotates. But the emphasis is usually on agreeing, until you are in power, then it’s on disagreeing. But it might be helpful.

Allawi says: read the whole thing.