Spe­cial panel ex­am­ines can­di­dates’ pa­pers

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and In­te­rior Min­is­ter Sheikh Mo­ham­mad Al-Khaled Al-Sabah or­dered yes­ter­day form­ing a spe­cial panel to ex­am­ine nom­i­na­tion pa­pers of the can­di­dates vy­ing for seats in the up­com­ing 50-member Na­tional As­sem­bly (Par­lia­ment). The com­mis­sion, to be presided by the first pub­lic at­tor­ney, jus­tice Sul­tan Ma­jed Bou­jarwa, will check the candidacy pa­pers to en­sure all the re­quired terms and spec­i­fi­ca­tions for the nom­i­nees are met and avail­able, the Min­istry of In­te­rior (MoI) said in a state­ment. The panel, which will hold its ses­sions at the head­quar­ters of the elec­tion de­part­ment, is en­ti­tled to seek any in­for­ma­tion or doc­u­ments from any author­ity, and will re­port to the Min­istry of In­te­rior.

The MoI state­ment came as the elec­toral process kicked off early to­day, when can­di­dates started sub­mit­ting their regis­tra­tion pa­pers at the set cen­ters across Kuwait. Can­di­dates’ pa­pers’ sub­mis­sion will pro­ceed till Oc­to­ber 28, pend­ing the bal­lot­ing due on Novem­ber 26th.

His High­ness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah has re­cently dis­solved the par­lia­ment cit­ing var­i­ous chal­lenges and re­gional crit­i­cal con­di­tions. At least three Cab­i­net mem­bers de­sir­ing to take part in par­lia­men­tary elec­tions have al­ready re­signed from their ex­ec­u­tive posts.

Law num­ber 35/1962, which deals with par­lia­men­tary elec­tions, per­mits can­di­dates to file their can­di­da­cies to con­test elec­tions, a state­ment is­sued by the Min­istry of In­te­rior said. More­over, all el­i­gi­ble can­di­dates should be Kuwaiti cit­i­zens be­low 30 years of age and are re­quired to be flu­ent in writ­ten and spo­ken Ara­bic, the state­ment added.

On fur­ther pre­req­ui­sites, the state­ment pointed out that all can­di­dates should have no crim­i­nal his­tory, as those found with crim­i­nal records are pro­hib­ited from con­test­ing the elec­tions. Fur­ther­more, all can­di­dates should regis­ter at the elec­tions af­fairs of­fice in Shuwaikh Res­i­den­tial area from 7:30 am to 1:30 pm, with their cit­i­zen­ship cer­tifi­cates and two re­cent photos in hand. A KD 50 fee is also re­quired to regis­ter, the state­ment noted. Par­lia­men­tary life in Kuwait saw the light in the early 60s, thus putting the State of Kuwait on the world’s democ­racy map.

Sheikh Mo­ham­mad Al-Khaled

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