Will vote for money

Kuwait Times - - FROM THE ARABIC PRESS - By Mohammed Al-Owaissi

The slo­gan of ‘Will Vote for my Coun­try’ used by the in­for­ma­tion min­istry to boost peo­ple’s aware­ness of the need to vote is a very beau­ti­ful one, but is un­for­tu­nately hard to put into prac­tice be­cause of the one-vote elec­toral sys­tem, where most vot­ers vote for can­di­dates from the same tribe, clan, sect or even those known for do­ing ser­vices for con­stituents. Nowa­days, vot­ers usu­ally opt to vote for ‘di­nar’ can­di­dates.

Al-Qabas on Oct 25, 2016 pub­lished a story with a head­line read­ing “Up to KD 1,300 per vote” in the fourth, third and other con­stituen­cies. This story re­minded me of a vote-buy­ing in­ci­dent dur­ing the 2003 elec­tions. A voter said that on the eve of the elec­tions, he went to the cam­paign head­quar­ters of a can­di­date known to buy votes and asked him how much he paid per vote.

The can­di­date told him that he will pay KD 1,000 and they agreed on the amount. The can­di­date asked him to come the fol­low­ing morn­ing to the tent pitched next to the polling cen­ter along his cit­i­zen­ship cer­tifi­cate. Meet­ing him, the can­di­date asked him to swear by the Holy Qu­ran to vote for him, which he did, and re­ceived the KD 1,000.

Next, the voter went to the polling cen­ter ac­com­pa­nied by the can­di­date’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive to vote for the bribe-pay­ing can­di­date. On the way, the voter thought of a way to shake off the rep­re­sen­ta­tive so that he could find an­other vote-buy­ing can­di­date and make more money, which he did, and ran to his house to have an af­ter­noon nap. In the evening, the voter went back to the same cen­ter look­ing for an­other ill-man­nered and con­science­less can­di­date who would buy his vote. Find­ing one, he asked for KD 1,000 for his vote, but the can­di­date re­fused, bar­gained with him and only gave him KD 750.

The voter swore by the Holy Qu­ran to vote for him, col­lected the money and started count­ing it be­fore leav­ing. He found out that the sum in­cluded an ex­tra KD 10 and in­sisted on re­turn­ing it be­cause he would “never ac­cept haram money”, which highly ap­pealed to the can­di­date, who ad­mired his hon­esty and in­sisted on giv­ing him the ex­tra amount, pray­ing to Al­lah to have many more of his likes!

Well, vot­ers swear by the Holy Qu­ran to vote for those pay­ing bribes, who in turn swear by Almighty Al­lah to be loyal to the na­tion and HH the Amir, to re­spect state laws and the con­sti­tu­tion and de­fend the peo­ple’s free­dom and funds and do their work hon­estly. What an oath! —Trans­lated by Kuwait Times

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