In total the various Kurdish political parties have nominated a total of 24 Ministers of Parliament (MP) to return to office post-election. While many have claimed they do not wish to return to office, they have been nominated for the task yet again regardless. A total of six were nominated by the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and another two from the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), the autonomous regions most influential political groups. KDP nominees Omed Khoshnaw and Vala Faridi spoke to local media and expressed their views on the situation. Over 800 candidates are seeking seats within parliament, and the body is limited to only 111 seats. Khoshnaw stated that,

Many MPs [Ministers of Parliament] didn’t want to run for the parliament again, including myself. But the KDP leadership had already decided and we will execute the order. This will be a good experience for us and we can do better work. In this term of parliament we had some MPs who were previous MPs with different factions and they had better experience than us who had just become MPs.”

A re-elected member of the Gorran party, Sherko Hamaamin, spoke to reporters as well saying that,

My party has placed confidence in me again by nominating me again and you should do what your party assigns you to do. In addition, experience for an MP is important. The fourth term of the parliament was very extraordinary. The parliament was shut down for a year and several months. We tried to deliver on our promises, and submitted many projects to the parliament speaker. But they were not put in the parliament agenda. Our priority for the fifth term of the parliament is rewriting the constitution, transparency in oil revenues, building a Kurdistan fund for oil and gas, amending the laws that have restricted freedoms, improving the economic infrastructure, passing an education and learning bill, independence for university management, a bill for higher education loans, a bill for patient rights and environment.”