In­te­rior Min­istry ea­ger to en­sure elec­tion se­cu­rity

Min­istry de­nies ‘spe­cial forces’ claim

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

The Min­istry of In­te­rior (MoI) will spare no ef­fort to en­sure that all pro­ce­dures will be in place to hold smooth and or­derly 2016 par­lia­men­tary elec­tions, the MoI’s Un­der­sec­re­tary Su­laiman Al-Fa­had said yes­ter­day.

The MoI’s Un­der­sec­re­tary presided over a se­cu­rity meet­ing with the aim of forg­ing a fool­proof plan to main­tain se­cu­rity and or­der at polling sta­tions na­tion­wide dur­ing elec­tion day, a state­ment is­sued by the min­istry noted.

On the plan, he said it com­prises se­cu­rity mea­sures to en­sure a seam­less elec­tion process, as he un­der­scored that any un­law­ful ac­tions will be dealt with us­ing the full force of law. Fa­had also added that the elec­torate should ex­er­cise their demo­cratic rights through cast­ing their votes, with spe­cial care given to the el­derly and those with dis­abil­i­ties.

Fa­had also re­minded vot­ers to have all nec­es­sary doc­u­ments ready at the polling sta­tion, in­clud­ing their cit­i­zen­ship cer­tifi­cate. He also said that he is hope­ful that the elec­tions will epit­o­mize gen­uine demo­cratic ac­tiv­ity, sub­se­quently de­pict­ing a fa­vor­able im­age of the coun­try.

Mean­while, Di­rec­tor of na­tion­al­ity and travel doc­u­ments de­part­ment Bri­gadier Yousuf Al-Sa­neen said ci­ti­zens who have lost their na­tion­al­ity cer­tifi­cates should ap­ply for a du­pli­cate, so they can vote. He asked all ci­ti­zens el­i­gi­ble to vote to check their orig­i­nal na­tion­al­ity cer­tifi­cates and take ac­tion if they are miss­ing.

The Min­istry of In­te­rior on Tues­day de­nied on­line re­ports claim­ing spe­cial forces were sta­tioned near the cam­paign head­quar­ters a 2016 par­lia­ment hope­ful in the fourth con­stituency. “Ut­terly not true,” said a min­istry state­ment on the mat­ter, calling on so­cial me­dia fol­low­ers not to be in­flu­enced by such “base­less” al­le­ga­tions. The state­ment also urged the pub­lic to re­frain from in­cite­ment that would re­flect a dis­torted im­age of se­cu­rity per­son­nel. It added that the min­istry is re­serv­ing its right of tak­ing le­gal ac­tion against who­ever is be­hind spread­ing these ru­mors.

In other news, the Pub­lic Re­la­tions De­part­ment in Kuwait Mu­nic­i­pal­ity an­nounced yes­ter­day that it would re­move all il­le­gal posters and signs of can­di­dates in im­ple­men­ta­tion of the law in this re­gard. Di­rec­tor of Far­waniya Mu­nic­i­pal­ity Mo­hammed Sarkhou stressed the need to work on re­mov­ing any il­le­gal posters or bill­boards that dis­tort the gen­eral ap­pear­ance of the gov­er­norate, point­ing out that le­gal posters and bill­boards are only al­lowed at the can­di­date’s head­quar­ters.

Mean­while, head of the emer­gency team in Far­waniya Mu­nic­i­pal­ity Khaled Al-Radaan said that the con­cerned field teams had car­ried out sev­eral clean­ing cam­paigns against il­le­gal posters, adding that some 548 il­le­gal signs have been re­moved. He urged can­di­dates to ad­here to the law in this re­spect. —KUNA

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