De­bates bring can­di­dates’ dog­mas to lime­light

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

Po­lit­i­cal de­bates be­tween can­di­dates con­test­ing elec­tions in demo­cratic na­tions have been a re­li­able out­let to fa­mil­iar­ize the elec­torate with ide­olo­gies of the can­di­dates, while boost­ing aware­ness of the elec­toral process.

In sep­a­rate state­ments, a num­ber of me­dia spe­cial­ists em­ployed by state tele­vi­sion un­der­scored the sig­nif­i­cance of de­bates in re­veal­ing a can­di­date’s line of thought, as well as how ef­fec­tive de­bates can be in Kuwait’s elec­toral sys­tem.

Al-Rai tele­vi­sion host Mo­ham­mad AlSadani noted that po­lit­i­cal de­bate is a plat­form to ex­change one’s views and thoughts, how­ever, he added that such meth­ods “can only pay div­i­dends in prag­matic so­ci­eties.”

More­over, he said that the Kuwaiti elec­torate be­lieves that de­bates “are an in­ef­fec­tive tool here be­cause they would most likely cen­ter on sec­tar­ian and tribal lines, in­stead of a can­di­date’s goals and plans. Sadani even went as far as to liken the prospect of a po­lit­i­cal de­bate in Kuwait to a “soc­cer game”, given how fu­tile he be­lieves it would be.

Mean­while, Al-Sabah TV host Salama Essa said that he is a pro­po­nent of hold­ing de­bates in the coun­try be­cause it would show­case can­di­dates’ true col­ors, not­ing that de­bates be­tween US pres­i­den­tial hope­fuls Don­ald Trump and Hil­lary Clin­ton re­vealed their most com­plex thoughts.

Al-Kout TV host Ha­mad Al-Nab­han said that po­lit­i­cal de­bates epit­o­mize demo­cratic ac­tiv­ity, how­ever, he noted that be­fore they could take place in Kuwait, the elec­torate should be ac­quainted with how ef­fec­tive they can be in bring­ing a can­di­date’s ide­ol­ogy to the lime­light. He also added that these de­bates should have no place for re­li­gious or cul­tural ar­dor, in­stead they should fo­cus on can­di­dates’ cam­paigns in or­der for gen­uine democ­racy to be prac­ticed.

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