Many can­di­dates want pres­tige and in­flu­ence

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

KUWAIT: With less than a month before the par­lia­men­tary elec­tions slated for Novem­ber 26, can­di­dates, males and fe­males alike, are beat­ing time to come up with at­trac­tive ideas to lure their vot­ers. Can­di­dates are run­ning for par­lia­men­tary elec­tions for so many rea­sons, ie pres­tige, show-off, in­flu­ence, and there for sure are many who run for the sake of their home­land’s pros­per­ity. Run­ning for elec­tions can be­come a night­mare for some can­di­dates who have noth­ing to give to their vot­ers, where some make ex­tra­or­di­nary prom­ises which can­not be im­ple­mented on ground.

Oth­ers who fully ad­here to their elec­toral pro­gram may not be lucky enough to win the race, whereas many can­di­dates can snatch the seat through their pres­tige. Ex­perts in the fields of psy­chol­ogy and me­dia have agreed that some can­di­dates may seek in­flu­ence, tribal link­age, dom­i­nance and pres­tige, whereas oth­ers have com­mit­ment to their elec­toral pro­grams and want re­ally to make a change in the so­ci­ety. Dr Saud Al-Ghanim, Pro­fes­sor of Me­dia in Kuwait Univer­sity told Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) that the can­di­date may run for elec­tions to sat­isfy his or her needs such as se­cu­rity, be­long­ing and in­flu­ence.

Al-Ghanim added that some can­di­dates feel that they have in­com­pe­tence in some as­pects of their lives and want to ful­fill, even though many of them are rich enough to “buy an is­land abroad and live se­curely with their fam­i­lies but still eye in­flu­ence”. Asked about ways where the can­di­date can per­suade the vot­ers, he said that some can­di­dates are good in ra­tio­nal per­sua­sion and log­i­cal think­ing, adding that those can­di­dates have doc­u­ments and proofs that sub­stan­ti­ate their opin­ion, also mak­ing it easy for their aides to con­vince vot­ers to vote for him. Al-Ghanim said the sec­ond method of per­sua­sion is the use of emo­tions, be­long­ing and fam­ily bonds to lure vot­ers, say­ing that this way is “un­ac­cept­able”. Asked how the vot­ers can know whether this can­di­date is se­ri­ous in im­ple­ment­ing his or her pro­gram once elected for par­lia­ment, he replied by say­ing that there are many fac­tors the voter can use to de­ter­mine this mat­ter in­clud­ing the past ex­pe­ri­ence of the can­di­date, or whether he or she is sup­ported and backed by a cer­tain group or af­fil­i­a­tion and most im­por­tantly the na­ture of peo­ple around him.

Also asked whether the high pitched tone of the can­di­date could have an im­pact on the voter’s con­vic­tion, AlGhanim said that some peo­ple be­come eas­ily af­fected and per­suaded by the high pitch whereas other don’t. Dr Fawaz Al-Ajmi, an­other Me­dia Pro­fes­sor in Kuwait Univer­sity told KUNA that some can­di­dates con­test the elec­tion for noth­ing but in­flu­ence and pres­tige and there are oth­ers who would re­ally want to do a change. Al-Ajmi added that there are vot­ers who be­come con­vinced by the can­di­date’s ap­pear­ance or look, adding that vot­ers also can judge whether the can­di­date de­serves the par­lia­men­tary seat if he or she was an or­ga­nized per­son, which in turn the can­di­date’s per­son­al­ity would be re­flected on the so­ci­ety.— KUNA

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