A bedoon can­di­date!

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

Wife: “What does a can­di­date’s elec­toral pro­gram mean?” Hus­band: “Do you re­mem­ber when we were en­gaged and I promised to buy you a Bent­ley, a villa in Ab­dul­lah Al-Salem, a chalet and a di­a­mond watch?” Wife: “Yes I do. How­ever, noth­ing ma­te­ri­al­ized”. Hus­band: “Well, dear, this is ex­actly a can­di­date’s elec­toral pro­gram and agenda!”

It re­ally amazes me how some can­di­dates claim to have clearly-de­fined elec­toral pro­grams and agen­das they would im­me­di­ately re­al­ize once they win a par­lia­men­tary seat, be­cause such pro­grams re­quire the ex­is­tence of par­ties and blocs, which does not exist in the one-vote par­lia­ment. Even if five MPs from any in­di­vid­ual bloc or party make it to the par­lia­ment, they will not be able to put any of these pro­grams into ef­fect in the real world, be­cause a ma­jor­ity will ef­fec­tively sup­port the gov­ern­ment.

If we want a can­di­date to have an elec­toral pro­gram that he can im­me­di­ately ap­ply once he wins a seat, this one-vote elec­toral sys­tem has to be changed first. We will then have to form par­ties and blocs and fi­nally im­prove vot­ers’ aware­ness of the need to vote for pa­tri­otic can­di­dates and for the coun­try’s greater good. Other­wise, all can­di­dates’ prom­ises and vows will re­main mere slo­gans and nom­i­nal be­cause vot­ers now vote ei­ther on tribal and sec­tar­ian bases or for wealthy can­di­dates, who ac­cord­ingly to hearsay, are pay­ing as much as KD 3,000 per vote in the third con­stituency and the price is ex­pected to rise to KD 5,000 as elec­tion day ap­proaches. We all love and rob you, our dear coun­try!

Fi­nally, on ad­dress­ing his sup­porter, a can­di­date said that he would work on grant­ing new­ly­wed cou­ples free apart­ments. Dear can­di­date, would it not be far bet­ter if you urged the gov­ern­ment to in­crease the rent al­lowance from KD 150 to KD 250 in­stead?! An In­dian man’s body was sent to the coro­ner af­ter he was found dead in his friend’s car with a bot­tle of home­brewed liquor next to him. It was determined the death had oc­curred 10 days ear­lier. In­ves­ti­ga­tions are in progress.

They will not be able to put any of these pro­grams into ef­fect in the real world, be­cause a ma­jor­ity will ef­fec­tively sup­port the gov­ern­ment

Hawally po­lice ar­rested a cit­i­zen who was walk­ing at night in an ab­nor­mal con­di­tion. Pills and hashish joints were found on him, so he was sent to the Drugs Con­trol Gen­eral De­part­ment. A dis­pute be­tween two brothers led one of them to ac­cuse the other of at­tack­ing him with a firearm, but the ac­cused de­nied the charge and claimed what took place was merely a sim­ple ar­gu­ment. De­tec­tives are in­ves­ti­gat­ing. — Al-Rai and Al-An­baa

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