Charis­matic can­di­dates ‘charm’ many vot­ers

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

Charisma is one of the most dis­tinct per­sonal qual­i­ties that can of­ten work magic in giv­ing an in­di­vid­ual un­duly in­flu­ence or au­thor­ity over large num­bers of peo­ple. Many of this year’s elec­tion can­di­dates vy­ing for a seat in par­lia­ment, covet such at­tributes as charisma, a Greek word mean­ing, ‘fa­vor or gift.’ With such a charm­ing qual­ity, these par­lia­men­tary hope­fuls be­lieve they can woo many vot­ers. More­over, the con­sen­sus amongst a slew of me­dia spe­cial­ists, all of whom were in­ter­viewed by KUNA, is that charis­matic can­di­dates have a greater like­li­hood of win­ning a seat in par­lia­ment due to their gift of gab and un­de­ni­able pres­ence.

Mean­while, me­dia pro­fes­sor at Kuwait Univer­sity (KU) Dr Khaled AlQahs said that the suc­cess of a can­di­date can be at­trib­uted to numer­ous fac­tors, in­clud­ing their charisma or how ap­peal­ing vot­ers find that can­di­date to be.

“Charis­matic can­di­dates stand out due to the fact that they are eas­ily mar­ketable,” he said, adding that this en­ables them to at­tract a large voter base. Qahs added that charis­matic can­di­dates are usu­ally ar­tic­u­late speak­ers, a fac­tor though of­ten over­looked, can ei­ther make or break chances of suc­cess.

On this at­tribute, pub­lic re­la­tions spe­cial­ist Dr Khaled Al-Enezi noted that a charis­matic per­son­al­ity can com­mand un­di­vided at­ten­tion, adding that charis­matic peo­ple are al­ways so­cial, ac­tive and am­bi­tious. Fur­ther­more, Enezi spoke of other virtues of equal sig­nif­i­cance such as hon­esty, op­ti­mism, and com­mit­ment, say­ing that such qual­i­ties can help can­di­dates win the sup­port of many vot­ers. Dr Mo­ham­mad Al-Qar­fan, an ad­vi­sor on ad­min­is­tra­tive de­vel­op­ment, said that charis­matic can­di­dates are ca­pa­ble of in­flu­enc­ing vot­ers, adding that their ver­bal prow­ess can sway vot­ers to jump on their band­wagon. “Charis­matic peo­ple pos­sess this per­sonal magic that al­lows them to lead by ex­am­ple,” he said. — KUNA

KUWAIT: As if fixed and mo­bile cam­eras were not enough, the 2016 par­lia­ment hope­fuls are now re­sort­ing to an even more in­no­va­tive method for film­ing ral­lies at their head­quar­ters through the Phan­tom’s high-speed dig­i­tal cam­era. It is not un­usual now to see these state-of-the-art gad­gets fly over crowds, cap­tur­ing still and mov­ing frames of high qual­ity, which could be then up­loaded to the can­di­date’s web­site or ded­i­cated so­cial me­dia out­lets.

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