Two days more for the nation to decide. It’s a tough choice for many. Talking to many of my friends and neighbors, I feel that they aren’t too interested in these elections - as if the nation has lost its faith in the parliament. Which is, by the way, a shame, because a few candidates could be sincere and honest and defend the nation. But people always point to previous parliaments with anger and dismay.
Even I feel the elections don’t have any enthusiasm. Everyone is sort of going through the motions. None of us truly believes that this parliament will be better than the previous or the previous or the previous one, etc, etc, etc.
The fact is that the parliament has lost its credibility. Unfortunately, it has become one of the government’s tools, not the voice of the people.
In the past, I used to attend all lectures and talks and listen and chat with the candidates to hear what they had to say. But in my experience, once someone reaches Abdullah Al-Salem Hall, he forgets all what he promised us. I don’t want to say they all enter the parliament poor and leave rich. I’m not accusing them as many people think. But definitely, people are cracking jokes on social media about this.
The general atmosphere online and in the diwaniyas and shisha cafes is that these elections will not result in a unified voice of the people. It will be fractured along tribal, sectarian and religious lines, with only a few working for the good of Kuwait as a whole.
The truth is that these jokes and criticisms carry more than a grain of truth. The previous parliaments have done little to truly improve the situation in Kuwait. Our roads are proof enough along with our failing education system and our troubled national health sector. Laws and rules are passed without full studies and without clear understanding of the impact they will have on our economy and our country. We all feel that there is a state of chaos.
We have no voice anymore. Our parliament does not stand up for our dreams. Or even half of our dreams. People are still voting, but mostly for their cousin or friend or their individual interests - not for the nation. But no matter what, guys, it’s still called a parliament and we should cast our votes. Maybe we will be lucky to get at least a few lawmakers who care and can make a positive difference. Let’s see on Saturday what happens.