Interior Ministry eager to ensure election security
Ministry denies ‘special forces’ claim
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
KUWAIT: Undersecretary Sulaiman Al-Fahad chairs a meeting for senior Interior Ministry officials yesterday.