By-elec­tions

Kuwait Times - - FROM THE ARABIC PRESS - By Saad Al-Motesh

Most of you re­ject by-elec­tions, or ‘consultancies’ as they are called nowa­days. In fact, most of you crit­i­cize and re­ject them not out of love for democ­racy, but be­cause you know that you would al­most have no chance in win­ning them and that they would not serve your in­ter­ests if your tribe de­cides to hold them.

I will not talk about peo­ple who had pre­vi­ously taken part in such elec­tions, won them and made their way to the par­lia­ment be­fore they con­sid­ered it a wooden lad­der by which they as­cended to the par­lia­ment and then burned it down. What I would like to high­light is that ev­ery­body prac­tices such by-elec­tions in base­ments and di­waniyas be­hind your backs and then comes out ad­dress­ing you in the name of their so-called Is­lamic or eco­nomic fo­rums and crit­i­cize by-elec­tions.

In a tribal by-elec­tion, one de­pends on the to­tal num­ber of vot­ers be­long­ing to the same clan. Oth­er­wise, a can­di­date would make up a dis­pute with the gov­ern­ment af­ter mak­ing a deal with some of its mem­bers to pro­duce an ‘ac­tion movie’, and thus ap­pear as a hero. Pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ences of some law­mak­ers can prove this.

Con­sult­ing is a method used by the world’s largest par­ties. Do you re­ally think that some­one from a small party can run for elec­tions with­out sup­port from the party’s po­lit­i­cal of­fice? The prob­lem is that a can­di­date would have to con­vince some of the of­fice mem­bers to sup­port his can­di­dacy. This can be eas­ily done with con­sul­ta­tions in base­ments, be­cause if those run­ning be­long to your same sect (ur­ban or be­douin), they will elect you in the base­ment. These are the most im­por­tant ones, who some­how form the po­lit­i­cal of­fice, and never pay at­ten­tion to the vast ma­jor­ity of vot­ers be­cause they are but a tool paving the way and are moved by ‘party’ lead­ers.

In a tribal by-elec­tion, one de­pends on the to­tal num­ber of vot­ers be­long­ing to the same clan

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