Info Min­istry takes hands off on­line elec­tion polls

Can­di­dates in­vited to sub­mit ap­pli­ca­tions

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

Kuwait’s Min­istry of In­for­ma­tion yes­ter­day de­cided to can­cel item 6 of ar­ti­cle 8/2016 of e-me­dia law. By this de­ci­sion, the min­istry is tak­ing its hands off con­trol­ling polls car­ried out by li­censed web­sites and elec­tronic me­dia fa­cil­i­ties for the up­com­ing Novem­ber 26 par­lia­ment elec­tions. It also al­lows run­ning those polls with­out the min­istry’s prior ap­proval, said the min­istry in a press re­lease. The min­istry last July be­gan im­ple­ment­ing the law on reg­u­lat­ing elec­tronic me­dia, which was ap­proved and pub­lished in the state’s of­fi­cial gazette last Fe­bru­ary.

Mean­while, As­sis­tant Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of the Gen­eral Depart­ment of Le­gal Af­fairs for elec­tions in the In­te­rior Min­istry Colonel Salah Al-Shatti in­vited can­di­dates run­ning for the up­com­ing par­lia­men­tary elec­tions slated for Novem­ber 26 to sub­mit ap­pli­ca­tions of their rep­re­sen­ta­tives in­volved in mon­i­tor­ing the elec­toral process un­til the fifth of Novem­ber.

Shatti said that the rep­re­sen­ta­tive is re­quired to be reg­is­tered in the elec­toral reg­is­tra­tion in any of the five con­stituen­cies, whereas the can­di­date’s agent who acts on be­half of a can­di­date must be reg­is­tered in the elec­toral registry of the can­di­date’s con­stituency. He ex­plained that the agents and rep­re­sen­ta­tive must sup­ply a copy of their civil id and two per­sonal pho­tos, say­ing that the Gen­eral Depart­ment of Le­gal Af­fairs would is­sue their needed iden­tity cards seven days be­fore the elec­tions. He said that 100 schools and 542 com­mit­tees for male and fe­male vot­ers have been des­ig­nated for the elec­tions day.

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 AlJaber Al-Sabah has dis­solved the par­lia­ment on Oc­to­ber 16, cit­ing var­i­ous chal­lenges and re­gional crit­i­cal con­di­tions.

Li­censes

In the mean­time, Kuwait Mu­nic­i­pal­ity yes­ter­day an­nounced it has li­censed 118 spots for can­di­dates run­ning for the par­lia­men­tary elec­tions slated for Novem­ber 26 in all con­stituen­cies. A state­ment by the Pub­lic Re­la­tions said that Kuwait Mu­nic­i­pal­ity would not hes­i­tate to sim­plify all pro­ce­dures per­ti­nent to ob­tain­ing a li­cense for the can­di­dates.

It said that 30 li­censes were is­sued in the Cap­i­tal Gover­norate and 15 posters, adding that 77 il­le­gal posters have been re­moved. It pointed out that seven li­censes were is­sued in Far­waniya, 19 in Jahra, 32 in Ah­madi, 10 in Mubarak Al-Kabir and 20 in Hawally.

It said that each can­di­date would be given two head­quar­ters; one for men and an­other for women, stress­ing the im­por­tance of fa­cil­i­tat­ing an ad­e­quate space for car park­ing with­out ob­struct­ing traf­fic. It said that ad­ver­tise­ments in front of schools is pro­hib­ited, adding that the head­quar­ter must be 500 me­ters away from schools for the safety of stu­dents. — KUNA

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