Ghiath Al-Surji, a senior member of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, emphasized the importance of including nationality in the population census. This information will help determine the representation of each group, including minorities, and their allocation of seats.
During a conversation between Al-Surji and Al-Maalouma, it was suggested that the general census of population and housing should include information about nationality. This is especially important in Iraq, which is home to a diverse range of nationalities including Arabs, Kurds, Turkmens, Chaldeans, Armenians, Assyrians, Syriacs, Sabeans, Yazidis, and Shabak.
He stated that the population census should include a field for nationality, in addition to sect and religion. This information would be used to conduct elections and allocate quota seats among minority groups.
He expressed the urgent need to determine the proportion of minorities and individuals belonging to different religions and nationalities. He emphasized that nationalist tendencies have been the root cause of Iraq’s instability since the monarchy era. The National Union has taken a stance against including nationality in the population census and will closely monitor the situation.