The European Union (EU) said Monday it congratulates the people of the Iraqi Kurdistan region on the holding of regional presidential and parliamentary elections on Saturday.
"EU representatives followed electoral proceedings at polling stations across the region as well as through a long term electoral experts' mission. A preliminary assessment shows that the elections were held in a relatively competitive environment and were carried out in a secure manner," the EU presidency Sweden said in a statement.
It emphasized that the high voter turnout, preliminary 78.5 percent, shows the commitment of the voters to express their political will in a democratic way.
"The EU has taken note of, and will continue to closely analyze a number of reports of alleged irregularities during the election process," said the statement.
The presidency reaffirms the EU's commitment to supporting democracy in a unified Iraq and its call for political progress on disputed internal boundaries and other issues causing tension. Willingness to compromise from all parties is necessary in order to achieve long-lasting stability and prosperity, it added.