Elec­tion hope­fuls kick off cam­paigns with much gai­ety

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

Par­lia­men­tary can­di­dates across the na­tion kicked off their elec­tion cam­paigns amid a pal­pa­ble demo­cratic at­mos­phere, many of them em­ploy­ing un­con­ven­tional forms of en­ter­tain­ment in a bid to en­tice vot­ers.

Away from po­lit­i­cal rhetoric, can­di­dates have spared no ex­pense with de­sign­ing their cam­paign bases, equipped with air con­di­tion­ing, bright lights and the ever ubiq­ui­tous phone charg­ers, which have be­come a ne­ces­sity in to­day’s ul­tra-con­nected world. More­over, many can­di­dates have part­nered with con­fec­tionary com­pa­nies to dole out sweet prepa­ra­tions such as fruit and candy, in ad­di­tion to cof­fee and tea, all in an ef­fort to keep vis­i­tors sat­is­fied. To put things in per­spec­tive, work to erect these cam­paign bases has cost any­where from KD 15,000 to 45,000, how­ever, vot­ers seem to be di­vided on whether such mea­sures are war­ranted. Dana Al-Kharaz, one of many vot­ers who will head to the polls on Novem­ber 26, de­scribed these cam­paign bases as a link be­tween the can­di­dates and the elec­torate, rather than mere acts of “show­man­ship.”

Sim­i­larly, an­other voter, Mo­ham­mad Jas­sim, said that the bases help forge a ‘first im­pres­sion’ of the can­di­dates. As a soc­cer afi­cionado, Jas­sim is elated that many of these bases con­tain large tele­vi­sion screens that dis­play the lat­est games and cham­pi­onships.

Mean­while, Nada Al-Ha­jji’s re­marks were in sharp con­trast to those of Jas­sim and Al-Kharaz, as she put much em­pha­sis on the ide­olo­gies of the can­di­dates vy­ing for a seat in par­lia­ment. “What mat­ters is what can­di­dates do af­ter they are elected,” she quipped. — KUNA

KUWAIT: Par­lia­men­tary can­di­dates’ head­quar­ters de­signed dec­o­rated in such a way to at­tract po­ten­tial vot­ers. — KUNA

Snacks be­ing served at par­lia­men­tary can­di­dates head­quar­ters.

‘Fancy’ serv­ing of juices to po­ten­tial vot­ers.

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