Large num­ber of young can­di­dates emerge in 2016 par­lia­ment elec­tions

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

KUWAIT: Af­ter of­fi­cial clos­ing of doors for reg­is­ter­ing for the par­lia­men­tary elec­tions 2016 last Oc­to­ber 28 and an­nounce­ment of names of can­di­dates by the elec­tions Depart­ment, it has be­come ob­vi­ous the large num­ber of young can­di­dates com­pared with pre­vi­ous elec­tion pe­ri­ods.

The num­ber of young can­di­dates for the next Par­lia­men­tary elec­tions stood at 87 male and fe­male can­di­dates aged be­tween 30 and 39 years out of 376, a mat­ter that re­flects the ea­ger­ness of young peo­ple in par­tic­i­pat­ing ac­tively in the next elec­toral process and sup­port the demo­cratic process in the country.

Sev­eral of the can­di­dates, ac­cord­ing to their elec­toral pro­grams, have re­it­er­ated keen­ness of the Kuwaiti peo­ple of all com­po­nents to give pri­or­ity to the na­tional supreme in­ter­ests and strive to main­tain the so­cial fab­ric through ac­tive par­tic­i­pa­tion in the elec­toral march so as to achieve more gains and achieve­ments for Kuwait un­der the wise lead­er­ship of His High­ness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad AlJaber Al-Sabah.

They stressed the need to give young Kuwaiti na­tion­als the full op­por­tu­nity to prove them­selves to con­trib­ute in ad­vanc­ing the wheel of devel­op­ment and re­form in light of the evolv­ing re­gional and in­ter­na­tional chal­lenges im­posed by the re­gion’s crises.

Two Kuwaiti aca­demics stressed the need to en­hance the aware­ness of young can­di­dates on the chal­lenges sur­round­ing the country for the sake of fore­see­ing the fu­ture and come up with se­ri­ous and re­al­is­tic pro­grams as well as am­bi­tious vi­sions on ma­jor po­lit­i­cal, se­cu­rity and eco­nomic is­sues. In this re­gard, they stressed the need for cer­tain qual­i­ties and char­ac­ter­is­tics of the young can­di­dates that would en­able them to ex­er­cise pol­i­tics and rep­re­sent the na­tion in Par­lia­ment.

New faces

Po­lit­i­cal Sci­ence Pro­fes­sor Dr Mas­souma AlMubarak said that it is nat­u­ral that new faces emerge in ev­ery elec­tion cy­cle, ad­ding that the chance of young peo­ple run­ning in ev­ery elec­tion ex­ist. She added that there are many young peo­ple who have found in them­selves the abil­ity to run but could not suc­ceed in per­suad­ing the dif­fer­ent seg­ments of the vot­ers.

She pointed to di­min­ish­ing chances of youth who present them­selves as in­de­pen­dent in light of the one-vote-sys­tem as a bloc has be­come master of the sit­u­a­tion, ad­ding that in­de­pen­dent’s op­por­tu­nity in the race is lit­tle com­pared to the ca­pac­ity and ac­cess to po­lit­i­cal ral­lies. She be­lieved that a few young in­de­pen­dents can win Par­lia­ment seats, so many of them re­sort to get rec­om­men­da­tion from their peers to en­sure greater luck in win­ning elec­tions.

Hope and fu­ture

Mean­while, Po­lit­i­cal So­ci­ol­ogy Pro­fes­sor Dr Mo­hammed Al-Ru­maihi said that young peo­ple are the hope and fu­ture of Kuwait in a lot of ar­eas, how­ever, the po­lit­i­cal arena re­quires spe­cial qual­i­ties, no­tably wis­dom, ex­pe­ri­ence and fore­sight.

He added that some young peo­ple lack ex­pe­ri­ence in pol­i­tics, which is an im­por­tant el­e­ment that must be avail­able at Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment as a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the peo­ple and not him­self or for the sake of his com­mu­nity or so­cial group.

The op­por­tu­ni­ties in the com­mu­ni­ties are taken and not given, he said, there­fore the ef­fi­ciency of the can­di­date is at stake, re­fer­ring to the im­por­tance of young can­di­dates be­ing able to deal with com­mu­nity is­sues well. — KUNA

Po­lit­i­cal So­ci­ol­ogy Pro­fes­sor Dr Mo­hammed Al-Ru­maihi

Po­lit­i­cal Sci­ence Pro­fes­sor Dr Mas­souma Al-Mubarak

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