Health Ministry ready for elections
KUWAIT: Kuwait’s Health Ministry announced yesterday the formation of temporary medical teams for the upcoming parliamentary elections slated for November 26th. Ministry’s Undersecretary Dr Khaled Al-Sahlawi said in a statement that the ministry would also allocate 61 mobile clinics distributed across the various polling centers.
He added that all teams would carry out the implementation of the work plan including the preventive and medical aspects, in addition to the facilitation of 25 ambulance cars for the various polling centers, five for each constituency.
Sahlawi pointed out that some 344 emergency medical staffers and 144 male and female nurses would be stationed at all polling centers. He said that the mission of the preventive team is to supervise food catering companies offering food and drinks to the polling centers, in addition to other administrative teams. He concluded by saying that all ministry’s facilities would be harnessed for the service of the electoral process.
Meanwhile, the Information Ministry announced yesterday its readiness to receive requests of male and female candidates for the parliamentary elections of November 26 who wish to broadcast their election programs on Kuwait radio and television as well as on other social media outlets of the ministry during the period from October 30 until November 11.
The ministry said in a press statement that the candidates will be given an equal period of time free of charge, where they can present their views and opinions they want to deliver to their voters. It indicated that this initiative stems from its belief in the vital role of the media in showing the true picture of Kuwaiti democracy and to spread awareness.
The ministry confirmed its commitment to voters’ awareness, including their rights and duties by creating direct contact with citizens, calling on all candidates to invest this democratic event in the origination of the national spirit and highlighting the bright democratic image of Kuwait.
The ministry called on candidates who wish to broadcast their election programs to contact the following numbers: (22425257) or at fax number (22457036) during official working hours or via the following e-mail address: (malomah2016gmail.com). It also called on the candidates to provide their official candidacy papers.
A total of 454 candidates, including 15 women so far officially registered for the 2016 parliamentary election. According to the Ministry of Interior, candidates who wish to withdraw from the race can submit a request to the Elections’ Affairs Department up until seven days before elections day, or November 19. 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 the constituency they’re registered in. His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah has dissolved the parliament on October 16, citing various challenges and regional critical conditions. — KUNA