NA can­di­dates - a mix of old and new blood

Three can­di­dates drop out of elec­toral race

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

KUWAIT: The 2016 Na­tional Assem­bly elec­tion, which will be held on Novem­ber 26, will see a fu­ri­ous com­pe­ti­tion among ex­pe­ri­enced and new­comer con­tenders. This unique mix­ture of can­di­dates with ex­per­tise and oth­ers with new schools of thought is ex­pected to draw many vot­ers to the polling sta­tions to choose who will be the best among those to serve the best in­ter­est of the peo­ple in the next phase. Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) took to the street to see how the public is feel­ing to­wards vot­ing for a new-comer can­di­date or a more ex­pe­ri­enced one.

Talal Al-Fadhli, 38 years old, said that vot­ers will have a dif­fi­cult choice to de­cide who to vote for in Novem­ber 26; their choice will heav­ily rely on who will rep­re­sent them best in the par­lia­ment. Vot­ers seek to have a pow­er­ful par­lia­ment that would ac­cel­er­ate the process of devel­op­ment in the coun­try, es­pe­cially since the region is be­ing af­fected by so many se­cu­rity and economic chal­lenges. He pointed out that he leans to­ward pick­ing new blood can­di­dates to give them a chance to prove them­selves and al­low the peo­ple’s de­mands to be heard. He en­cour­ages vot­ers to choose a con­tender away from any sec­tar­ian or tribal prej­u­dice.

Abrar Al-Dawsari, 21, rooted for ex­pe­ri­enced can­di­dates for they have po­lit­i­cal and economic prow­ess. Her choice rests on the fact that the coun­try is com­ing into a new era full of chal­lenges and a change is re­quired to face these tests. She added that the next par­lia­ment should be in­flu­en­tial and the MPs should be there to serve the peo­ple and should oc­cupy this im­por­tant post only to serve their per­sonal agen­das. Ali AlMu­tairi, 30, said that vot­ing is a pa­tri­otic duty that should be ex­er­cised by every­one who seeks to im­prove the coun­try’s ser­vices at all lev­els.

He added that his vote will be given to the can­di­date whom he sees will be able to de­fend the peo­ple and speak out for them. Oth­ers who spoke to KUNA ex­pressed sim­i­lar sen­ti­ments to­wards the up­com­ing elec­tions. They all em­pha­sized the im­por­tance to rais­ing aware­ness to the public to ex­er­cise their po­lit­i­cal right and choos­ing wisely. A to­tal of 391 can­di­dates 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. by meet­ing the as­pi­ra­tions of the public. Mean­while, three par­lia­men­tary hope­fuls quit the elec­toral race yes­ter­day, the Min­istry of In­te­rior (MoI) an­nounced, leav­ing a to­tal of 388 can­di­dates con­test­ing par­lia­men­tary elec­tions on Novem­ber 26th. In a state­ment, the MoI’s Depart­ment of Elec­tion Af­fairs noted that Adel Al-Kharafi has re­lin­quished his can­di­dacy in the Sec­ond Con­stituency, while Khaled Al-Azmi and Ab­dul­mohsen Al-Mqataa, two can­di­dates from the Fifth Con­stituency, have quit the race. As per elec­tion laws, can­di­dates are per­mit­ted to drop out of the elec­toral race no later than a week before the date of elec­tions. The 2016 par­lia­men­tary elec­tions are held ac­cord­ing to de­cree 20/2012, amended by law 42/2006 on re-or­ga­niz­ing the elec­toral con­stituen­cies. — Agen­cies

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