30 more hope­fuls stand for elec­tions

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL - By Me­shaal Al-Enezi

Can­di­dates con­test­ing up­com­ing par­lia­men­tary elec­tions slated for Novem­ber 26th con­tin­ued to file their can­di­da­cies yes­ter­day, as some 30 can­di­dates have reg­is­tered to join the race. The first and sec­ond con­stituen­cies yielded five can­di­dates each, the third con­stituency pro­duced three and six hope­fuls reg­is­tered in the fourth con­stituency, while the fifth con­stituency churned out 11 can­di­dates. More­over, the num­ber of can­di­dates that have pre­vi­ously reg­is­tered has now risen to 321 as reg­is­tra­tion closes on Fri­day Oc­to­ber 28. From there, the top 10 can­di­dates from each con­stituency will then face off in par­lia­men­tary polls.

Vi­sion

Sec­ond con­stituency can­di­date Haidar Al-Had­dad said he has a vi­sion to pro­vide ev­ery cit­i­zen with po­ten­tials and fa­cil­i­ties that would en­able them to lead safe and se­cure lives. Mean­while, fourth con­stituency can­di­date Jazza’ Al-Qahss said his mo­tive for run­ning is to straighten up the process of leg­is­la­tion and mon­i­tor­ing for a bet­ter Kuwait. He added that as a re­sult of boy­cotting the elec­tions, Kuwait had a par­lia­ment that acted as part of the government, made no free de­ci­sions, caused con­sid­er­able fi­nan­cial and po­lit­i­cal wastage and had a very vague and opaque fi­nan­cial pol­icy that greatly af­fected and over­bur­dened cit­i­zens. Qahss added that the government’s de­ci­sions jeop­ar­dized so­cial sta­bil­ity and op­pressed free­dom of speech. He also called for pre­serv­ing na­tional re­sources and set­ting stricter cit­i­zen­ship laws.

In the mean­time, fifth con­stituency can­di­date Hani Sham­sud­din urged all cit­i­zens to take part in the elec­tions so that the best peo­ple rep­re­sent them in par­lia­ment. He also noted that the com­ing phase was very crit­i­cal in Kuwait’s his­tory.

“This is the first time a par­lia­ment has been dis­solved due to re­gional circumstances,” he un­der­lined, urg­ing ev­ery­one to act to achieve po­lit­i­cal sta­bil­ity in or­der to be able to face po­ten­tial chal­lenges.

Also, fourth con­stituency can­di­date Khaled Al-Shu­laimi said mem­bers of the pre­vi­ous par­lia­ment would see the re­sults of their ac­tions at the bal­lot boxes. He also said that the re­turn of the boy­cotters would en­rich the po­lit­i­cal process be­cause leg­is­la­tors’ role in mon­i­tor­ing had been very nom­i­nal. “Boy­cotters have their own public sup­port­ers,” he said, crit­i­ciz­ing what he de­scribed as vi­cious me­dia cam­paigns against the op­po­si­tion.

Re­forms

Fur­ther­more, fifth con­stituency can­di­date Hadeel Al-Mo­hammed said her mo­tive for run­ning was to achieve re­forms and serve Kuwait. She added that her pri­or­i­ties were to de­velop ed­u­ca­tion and fight for women’s rights, namely equal hous­ing wel­fare. “Women can make it to the next par­lia­ment be­cause it needs fresh blood,” she said, adding that both pow­ers must co­op­er­ate to pass es­sen­tial laws cit­i­zens need.

Sep­a­rately, Fifth con­stituency can­di­date Jassem Al-Torki stressed that his goal was not to win a par­lia­men­tary seat, but he wants to pro­mote the qual­i­fi­ca­tions a po­ten­tial can­di­date needs, such as a de­gree, good con­duct and elo­quence. “I do not de­serve to rep­re­sent the Kuwaiti peo­ple be­cause I can be eas­ily tempted with money,” he said.

Torki ac­cused se­nior of­fi­cials of squan­der­ing and wast­ing public funds with­out hold­ing min­is­ters ac­count­able and ad­vised can­di­dates to stop making fiery state­ments which they for­get once they win, and rep­re­sent all Kuwaitis and not only their tribe or sect. Fi­nally, he urged vot­ers to vote for the best for Kuwait. On his part, fourth con­stituency can­di­date Fares Al-Noun said Kuwait is head­ing to­wards a very crit­i­cal phase of its his­tory and that this calls for unity and making democ­racy a real lifestyle.

Fi­nally, third con­stituency can­di­date and for­mer MP Khalil Ab­dul­lah ex­pressed hopes that Kuwaitis would unite amidst the cur­rent re­gional sit­u­a­tions. He also said that he is for achiev­ing a bet­ter fu­ture for ev­ery cit­i­zen. Ab­dul­lah also re­jected re­forms at cit­i­zens’ ex­pense and warned the government of making ran­dom de­ci­sions. “Stop lis­ten­ing to the World Bank or any­one ex­cept the chil­dren of Kuwait,” he said, ad­dress­ing the fi­nance min­is­ter.

KUWAIT: Fifth con­stituency can­di­date Hadeel Al-Mo­hammed reg­is­ters for par­lia­men­tary elec­tions. — Photo by Yasser Al-Zayyat

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