Can­di­dates who care for peo­ple will win: Vot­ers

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL - By Me­shaal Al-Enezi

Sev­eral cit­i­zens from the fourth con­stituency ex­pressed con­fi­dence that can­di­dates who care for the peo­ple will win, adding they ex­pect a good num­ber of op­po­si­tion MPs to be victorious, with a 70 per­cent turnover in the con­stituency. They said some tribal can­di­dates have a good chance to win, and they in­tend to de­fend cit­i­zens and their is­sues that were ig­nored in the past. They said the most im­por­tant is­sues that in­ter­est them in­clude re­vo­ca­tion of na­tion­al­i­ties, hous­ing, ed­u­ca­tion and bedoons.

Fahd Al-Dhafiri, who works for the so­cial af­fairs and la­bor min­istry, said hous­ing is very im­por­tant and must be tack­led strongly, be­cause most youth are suf­fer­ing be­cause of it. He added bedoons’ rights have been ig­nored “although they have been liv­ing among us for more than 50 years”, and the up­com­ing Assem­bly should serve them jus­tice.

Hind Al-Harbi, who works for the Min­istry of Pub­lic Works (MPW) as an en­gi­neer, said projects like roads and bridges should be built quickly to avoid prob­lems. She urged the com­ing Assem­bly to pay at­ten­tion to is­sues that con­cern cit­i­zens. She said new res­i­den­tial ar­eas need plan­ning that is par­al­lel to the con­struc­tion ac­tiv­ity to avoid bur­den­ing the old roads net­work. Mean­while, in the fifth con­stituency, sev­eral young vot­ers ex­pressed optimism about elect­ing the best among the can­di­dates among men, but said it was dif­fi­cult for women to suc­ceed in this con­stituency. They said there is a heavy pres­ence of tribes in this area, es­pe­cially the Awazem, from whom a good num­ber of can­di­dates are ex­pected to win. Their con­cerns in­clude na­tion­al­ity with­drawals, hous­ing, health and ed­u­ca­tion.

Mean­while, a judge in the fourth district can­celled the vote of a man be­cause he is men­tally dis­abled and did not know whom he wanted to vote for. He had ar­rived at the polling sta­tion with his brother. Another vote of a woman was scrapped af­ter she at­tempted to pho­to­graph her bal­lot pa­per by phone. On the other hand, the ed­u­ca­tion min­istry warned school ad­min­is­tra­tions not to cel­e­brate if a can­di­date who is a rel­a­tive of one of the em­ploy­ees wins. The min­istry asked ad­min­is­tra­tions not to get in­volved in such mat­ters and con­cen­trate on ed­u­ca­tional af­fairs.

So­cial Af­fairs and La­bor Min­is­ter Hind AlSubaih lauded se­cu­rity ef­forts to ease the vot­ing process af­ter she cast her vote at Yousuf bin Essa School in Ab­dul­lah Al-Salem in the sec­ond con­stituency. She hoped the com­ing Assem­bly will con­cen­trate on de­vel­op­ment and work to­gether for the sake of Kuwait. Mean­while, Dr Fayeza AlKharafi, vot­ing in the same school, asked vot­ers to vote for com­pe­tent can­di­dates, adding “we should elect 50 can­di­dates who work for the coun­try’s de­vel­op­ment and tackle is­sues such as hous­ing and ed­u­ca­tion and stay away from con­flicts and dis­putes”.

The in­te­rior min­istry’s re­la­tions and se­cu­rity in­for­ma­tion di­rec­tor gen­eral Brig Adel Al­Hashash said 15,000 se­cu­rity per­son­nel are par­tic­i­pat­ing in se­cur­ing the elec­tions. Far­waniya Gover­nor Sheikh Faisal Al-Hu­moud Al-Ma­lik AlSabah toured sev­eral elec­tion com­mit­tees in var­i­ous ar­eas of the gov­er­norate. He said he is sat­is­fied with the elec­tion process and op­ti­mistic about its suc­cess.

Mean­while, State Min­is­ter of Cabi­net Af­fairs Sheikh Mo­ham­mad Al-Ab­dul­lah said Kuwait is wit­ness­ing a highly-or­ga­nized demo­cratic fes­ti­val, which means the so­ci­ety wants to par­tic­i­pate and make its voice heard. “We in the govern­ment hope that we suc­ceed in or­ga­niz­ing the vot­ing process through co­or­di­na­tion by var­i­ous de­part­ments,” he said.

KUWAIT: Kuwaitis head to the polls to choose par­lia­men­tary rep­re­sen­ta­tives, in Kuwait City, yes­ter­day. — Pho­tos by Yasser Al-Zayyat and AP

A dis­abled Kuwaiti man is helped to the polls.

Kuwaiti men wait out­side a polling sta­tion.

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