Kuwaiti ci­ti­zens abroad express de­sire to vote in elec­tions

Kuwait Times - - FRONT PAGE - —KUNA

Par­lia­men­tary can­di­dates con­test­ing elec­tions slated for Novem­ber 26th have stepped up their cam­paigns in a bid to en­tice vot­ers, par­tic­u­larly those who may be on the fence about who to vote for.

Through in­creased mar­ket­ing ploys and strate­gies, can­di­dates are work­ing round the clock to try to con­nect to var­i­ous seg­ments of the elec­torate, part of the ex­ten­sive cov­er­age given to this year’s elec­tions, where pic­tures and bi­ogra­phies of the can­di­dates are em­bla­zoned on the front pages of daily news­pa­pers.

More­over, many of the can­di­dates are us­ing so­cial media out­lets such as Twit­ter, In­sta­gram and YouTube to fur­ther their cam­paigns by reach­ing out to the youth, a seg­ment of the pop­u­la­tion seen as de­ci­sive in de­ter­min­ing who ends up with the lion’s share of the votes.

Mean­while, can­di­dates have still main­tained their pres­ence in tra­di­tional media plat­forms, ap­pear­ing on state tele­vi­sion and ra­dio sta­tions on a near daily ba­sis. How­ever, it seems that most can­di­dates have made it a point to woo fe­male vot­ers, given the fact that women make up more than half of the elec­torate, as many elec­tion sem­i­nars held have touched on women’s is­sues.

On Oc­to­ber 16, as per clause 107 of the Kuwaiti Con­sti­tu­tion, His High­ness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah or­dered par­lia­ment dis­solved, cit­ing mount­ing se­cu­rity chal­lenges and volatile regional con­di­tions.

The 2016 par­lia­men­tary elec­tions are be­ing held in ac­cor­dance with law num­ber 20/2012, which deals with the na­tion’s elec­toral con­stituen­cies. Each con­stituency will field a to­tal of 10 can­di­dates, where the elec­torate can only vote for one can­di­date per con­stituency. Ac­cord­ing to the Min­istry of In­te­rior’s (MoI) Elec­tion Af­fairs Depart­ment, a to­tal of 287 hope­fuls are stand­ing for this year’s par­lia­men­tary elec­tions af­ter clos­ing the doors for reg­is­tra­tion and with­drawals.

KUWAIT: The new ser­vice en­ables a voter to in­quire about his or her reg­is­tra­tion num­ber and print a card with all the in­for­ma­tion needed. —KUNA

KUWAIT: A man reads a book­let while at­tend­ing a rally for sec­ond con­stituency can­di­date Aliya Al-Khaled. —Photo by Yasser Al-Zayyat

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