Debates bring candidates’ dogmas to limelight
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.