Polls have closed in Kurdish parliamentary elections that were held on Sunday. With opposition parties weak, the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) are likely to extend their almost three decades of sharing power.
Splits within the PUK present the possibility that KDP will take a dominant position in Kurdish politics, both in the regional capital Erbil and in the difficult formation of a federal government in Baghdad.
Observers from two opposition parties have said that some people tried to use fake identification to vote but were stopped.
The PUK said on Sunday it would not recognise the results, which hare expected within 72 hours, alleging fraud in the voting process and injecting uncertainty into a region demoralized by a failed independence bid that was held a year before.
The statement was later withdrawn but Karwan Anwar, the head of the PUK media office, told Reuters that the party would reject results in all provinces.