Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) is­sued yes­ter­day through its re­search and in­for­ma­tion cen­ter a new book bi­og­ra­phy of can­di­dates for the 2016 par­lia­men­tary elec­tions, co­in­cid­ing with the Na­tional As­sem­bly elec­tions, 15th leg­isla­tive term, sched­uled for Novem­ber 26.

In­tro­duc­ing the new book, Chair­man of the Board and Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of KUNA, Sheikh Mubarak Duaij Al-Ibrahim Al-Sabah said that Kuwait awaits on this his­toric day an ac­tive par­tic­i­pa­tion on polling day to choose rep­re­sen­ta­tives for the par­lia­men­tary term and to con­tinue the wheels of devel­op­ment and prosperity.

Sheikh Mubarak said that as per Amiri de­cree No 276/16 and on polling day, some 483,186 vot­ers will go to the polls to elect mem­bers of the Na­tional As­sem­bly ac­cord­ing to the sin­gle vote sys­tem, stat­ing that the num­ber of male vot­ers stand at 230,430 vot­ers, whereas the num­ber of women stand at 252,756 vot­ers.

He ex­plained that Kuwaiti women will par­tic­i­pate as can­di­dates and vot­ers in these elec­tions, the sev­enth since they gained their po­lit­i­cal rights in May 2005 and have made re­mark­able achieve­ments by win­ning four seats in the Par­lia­ment of 2009 and three seats in the De­cem­ber 2012 par­lia­ment, which was in­val­i­dated by the Con­sti­tu­tional Court, and one seat in the 2013 par­lia­ment.

Sheikh Mubarak wished that this book would help vot­ers iden­tify their can­di­dates be­fore polling day and a doc­u­men­ta­tion of the march of democ­racy un­der gains guar­an­teed by the Con­sti­tu­tion. He also hoped this book would sim­plify for the vot­ers their roles in pos­i­tive par­tic­i­pa­tion.

Mean­while, in ad­di­tion to the doc­u­mented in­for­ma­tion about bi­ogra­phies of can­di­dates, the book con­tains the full text of the Con­sti­tu­tion of the State of Kuwait and the elec­toral law along with amend­ments made, be­sides ta­bles of polling places and com­mit­tees of all con­stituen­cies.—KUNA

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