A bedoon candidate!
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