Staged dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tions

Kuwait Times - - FROM THE ARABIC PRESS - By Dr Has­san Ab­dul­lah Jouhar

The gov­ern­ment and its pres­ti­gious par­lia­ment did not set­tle for the com­i­cal way by which the par­lia­ment was dis­solved with­out any due jus­ti­fi­ca­tions, and only to save the ex­ec­u­tive-leg­isla­tive re­la­tions. More comedic scenes fol­lowed and more will prob­a­bly still fol­low even af­ter the elec­tions are over and all the way till the new par­lia­ment gets dis­qual­i­fied on in­cep­tion. The lat­est of such com­i­cal ac­tions is the Min­istry of In­te­rior’s (MoI) de­ci­sion to dis­qual­ify a num­ber of can­di­dates in a most stupid and ob­vi­ous move, be­cause the com­mit­tee en­trusted with check­ing can­di­dates’ cre­den­tials knows for sure that such a move is un­con­sti­tu­tional. The com­mit­tee even knows that its de­ci­sions are worth­less be­cause courts will an­nul the de­ci­sions and or­der the re­in­state­ment of those can­di­da­cies. So, why does MoI make such hi­lar­i­ous ac­tions?

The an­swer is that the gov­ern­ment is try­ing to im­ply that the fate of the gen­eral elec­tions and pub­lic will is in the hands of the in­te­rior min­istry. Se­cu­rity rea­sons are be­com­ing a weapon against both can­di­dates and vot­ers. It is very ironic and a demo­cratic vi­o­la­tion that se­cu­rity forces su­per­vise and con­trol elec­tions, and in some way or an­other, con­trol their re­sults. In the 1967 elec­tions, the MoI stole polling boxes in broad day­light and changed vot­ing cards in a year known as the ‘forgery year’. How­ever, to avoid ob­vi­ous­ness, the gov­ern­ment tends to cre­ate some ‘plays’ to de­lay some can­di­dates and sup­port oth­ers, por­tray­ing them as he­roes with the ul­ti­mate re­sult of con­fus­ing vot­ers. How can MoI dis­qual­ify over 40 can­di­dates for non-dis­qual­i­fy­ing felonies that are still be­ing heard in courts with­out any fi­nal ver­dicts is­sued or even with­out be­ing sued at all?

Dis­qual­i­fy­ing some par­lia­men­tary elec­tion can­di­dates seems to be like plac­ing some ex­tra land­mines on the com­ing elec­tions’ path, which would only add fur­ther con­sti­tu­tional sus­pi­cions like those lead­ing to dis­solv­ing the 2013 par­lia­ment that was due to a faulty de­cree made with­out any lack of co­op­er­a­tion memos, the ju­di­cial com­mit­tee sud­denly formed to su­per­vise the elec­tions and lack of a clear supreme ju­di­cial coun­cil agenda, which might all lead to con­test­ing the elec­tion re­sults.

One of the fun­ni­est pos­si­ble sce­nar­ios is that the com­ing elec­tion re­sults would be an­nulled af­ter prob­ing the new po­lit­i­cal power bal­ances to put the spoiled 2013 par­lia­ment back in of­fice, af­ter peo­ple for­get its “achieve­ments” in lim­it­ing lib­er­ties, in­creas­ing fuel prices, can­celling sub­si­dies, in­creas­ing elec­tric­ity and water prices and fi­nally, pos­si­ble re­gional prob­lems.

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