Health Min­istry ready for elec­tions

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

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.

Elec­tion pro­grams

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: (mal­om­ah2016g­ 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

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