Candidature for Kuwaiti polls to begin on Monday

The Kuwait Election Administration has completed arrangements and preparations for receiving candidature applications for the May 17 polls.

Candidature for Kuwaiti polls to begin on Monday
The Kuwait Election Administration has completed arrangements and preparations for receiving candidature applications for the May 17 polls, the Interior Ministry said on Sunday, KUNA reported.

The administration will begin to receive applications for the election on April 14-23, it said.

Unlike previous elections, this election will witness the use of transparent ballot boxes and judges and prosecutors will be provided with bags containing electoral rolls and ballots, it added.

But, in the next parliamentary polls, voters will be able to cast their ballot by using ID or voting cards.

The election will be held as per the law 42 for 2006, which divides the State of Kuwait into five, rather than 25 earlier, constituencies in a bid to thwart illegal sectarian and tribal primary elections and to even rein in the vote-buying phenomenon.

A total of 361,684 eligible voters, including 161,185 males (44.56 percent) and 200,499 females (55.43 percent), will vote in the polls.

According to the law, a candidate must be a Kuwaiti citizen listed in electoral rolls, not less than 30 years old, be literate and have no criminal record, the ministry noted.
Kuwaiti women are entitled to vote and stand in the parliamentary polls.

Incumbent cabinet ministers, judges, prosecutors, policemen and army officers can not run for the election unless they tender their resignations, it said.

The Kuwait gazette (Kuwait Al-Youm) on Sunday published a decree calling on voters to go to the polls on May 17 to elect new members of the People's Assembly, which was dissolved on March 19.

Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Faisal Al-Hajji made it certain that the forthcoming parliamentary polls would be held as scheduled on May 17.


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