287 can­di­dates re­main in race

Kuwait Times - - FRONT PAGE - By B Iz­zak

KUWAIT: The min­istry of in­te­rior yes­ter­day said 287 can­di­dates were left in the race for the Nov 26 par­lia­men­tary elec­tion af­ter 128 can­di­dates with­drew and 40 oth­ers were barred at the clo­sure of with­drawals yes­ter­day. The num­ber how­ever could in­crease slightly as some of the can­di­dates barred by the elec­tion com­mit­tee are still fight­ing in court and they may be re­in­stated.

The hope­fuls left in the fray in­clude as many as 41 mem­bers of the pre­vi­ous Na­tional As­sem­bly, which was dis­solved by HH the Amir last month, pav­ing the road for early polls. They also in­clude 38 for­mer MPs from pre­vi­ous as­sem­blies and a to­tal of 14 women. There are roughly 30 op­po­si­tion fig­ures in the race - 25 of for­mer law­mak­ers - while the rest are new faces.

In the first con­stituency, 52 can­di­dates are run­ning for the 10 seats. They in­clude 10 mem­bers of the dis­solved As­sem­bly and nine for­mer MPs. Prom­i­nent among the can­di­dates are for­mer MPs Saleh Ashour, Ab­dul­lah Al-Tu­raiji, Essa Al-Kan­dari, Ad­nan Ab­dul­samad and Mubarak Al-Ha­rees.

Ah­mad Al-Mu­laifi leads a host of for­mer law­mak­ers who are bid­ding a come­back. They in­clude for­mer op­po­si­tion MPs Adel Al-Damkhi and Osama Al-Sha­heen and lead­ing Shi­ite cleric Hussein Al-Qal­laf, who will be fight­ing against his brother Fakher Al-Qal­laf.

In the sec­ond dis­trict, 44 can­di­dates are left in the field with seven mem­bers of the pre­vi­ous house and eight for­mer MPs. Prom­i­nent among can­di­dates are speaker of the dis­solved house Mar­zouq Al-Ghanem, Ah­mad Lari, Rakan Al-Nasef and Kha­laf Du­maitheer. For­mer MPs in­clude Salafists Ah­mad Baqer and Fahd AlKhan­nah, Is­lamists from the Islamic Con­sti­tu­tional Move­ment Ja­maan Al-Har­bash and Ha­mad Al-Matar, in ad­di­tion to Riyadh Al-Adasani.

Fifty-four hope­fuls are com­pet­ing for the 10 seats in the third con­stituency. They in­clude nine mem­bers of the dis­solved As­sem­bly and seven for­mer MPs, five of them from the op­po­si­tion. Ja­mal Al-Omar, Yaqoub Al-Sane, Roud­han Al-Roud­han and Khalil Abul are among the out­go­ing As­sem­bly mem­bers, while Waleed Al-Tabtabaei, Am­mar Al-Ajmi, Shaye Al-Shaye and Safa Al-Hashem are for­mer law­mak­ers.

In the fourth con­stituency, 68 can­di­dates are left with eight mem­bers of the pre­vi­ous As­sem­bly and eight for­mer MPs - all of them from the op­po­si­tion. The for­mer in­clude Askar Al-Enezi, Mubarak Al-Khrainej and Mo­ham­mad Tana, while the lat­ter in­clude op­po­si­tion fig­ures Osama Al-Mu­nawer, Shuaib Al-Muwaizri and Mo­ham­mad Hayef.

The fifth dis­trict has the largest num­ber of hope­fuls with 69, in­clud­ing seven mem­bers of the pre­vi­ous As­sem­bly and six for­mer MPs. Prom­i­nent can­di­dates are Ham­dan Al-Azemi, Mo­ham­mad Al-Huwailah, Bader AlDa­houm and Nayef Al-Mer­das.

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