Anec­dotes cheer up regis­tra­tion for 2016 par­lia­ment elec­tions

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL - —KUNA

With fi­nal name lists for the 2016 par­lia­ment hope­fuls were filed, sto­ries that sprung out of the regis­tra­tion process didn’t fall short of few sur­prises and anec­dotes. The ‘sib­lings’ phe­nom­e­non was the most promi­nent, as for­mer MP Safa AlHashem is cur­rently a can­di­date in the third con­stituency, while her brother; Salah, is run­ning in the sec­ond con­stituency. A sim­i­lar case is ‘Al-Sayegh’ broth­ers; Mo­ham­mad in the sec­ond con­stituency and Ali in the third. Fi­nally, for­mer vet­eran MP Sayed Hus­sein Al-Qal­laf is run­ning in the first con­stituency along­side; or maybe against, his brother Sayed Fakher.

As amus­ing, and some­how odd that seemed, yet, this is not the first time these in­ci­dents took place. Back in 1963, late MP Khaled Al-Mue­seb and his brother Mud­hie both ran in the fourth con­stituency elec­tions. Both won seats, but Mud­hie then re­signed. An­other 2016 anec­dote is when a nom­i­nee for­got to bring his cit­i­zen­ship; an es­sen­tial doc­u­ment re­quired to com­plete the regis­tra­tion process.

Mean­while, an­other hope­ful only had KD three in cash on him to pay for regis­tra­tion fees, think­ing that the elec­tronic pay­ment ser­vice (K-net) was avail­able at the Elec­tions’ Af­fairs Depart­ment. The regis­tra­tion fee is KD 50, which yet an­other nom­i­nee paid in full, but in the form of loose change. Regis­tra­tion for the 2016 par­lia­men­tary elec­tion can­di­dacy started on Oc­to­ber 19. Elec­tions are to take place on Novem­ber 26.

Law num­ber 35/1962, which deals with par­lia­men­tary elec­tions, per­mits can­di­dates to file their can­di­da­cies to con­test elec­tions, as all el­i­gi­ble can­di­dates should be Kuwaiti ci­ti­zens over 30 years of age and are re­quired to be flu­ent in writ­ten and spo­ken Ara­bic. As per Law 20/2012, the first 10 can­di­dates with most votes will win a seat in par­lia­ment in each con­stituency. The elec­torate can only vote for one can­di­date per con­stituency.

KUWAIT: Safa and Salah Al-Hashem

Mo­ham­mad and Ali Al-Sayegh

Hus­sein and Fakher Al-Qal­laf

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