A se­nior Kuwaiti cit­i­zen casts his vote in at polling sta­tion yes­ter­day. Supreme lead­er­ship keen on smooth polling process: In­te­rior Min­is­ter

Min­istry warns against tak­ing pho­tos of vot­ing pa­pers

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and In­te­rior Min­is­ter Sheikh Mo­ham­mad Al-Khaled AlHa­mad Al-Sabah as­serted yes­ter­day that the supreme lead­er­ship rep­re­sented by His High­ness the Amir, His High­ness the Crown Prince and His High­ness the Premier are very keen to have the on­go­ing par­lia­men­tary elec­tions 2016 go in har­mony with the civ­i­lized im­age and high sta­tus of the State of Kuwait re­gion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally.

The par­lia­men­tary elec­tions de­pict the pos­i­tive in­ter­ac­tion be­tween the lead­er­ship and peo­ple and a live ex­pres­sion of the ac­tive par­tic­i­pa­tion of the peo­ple in shap­ing present and fu­ture of the coun­try. This came in a state­ment by the min­is­ter while tour­ing a num­ber of polling sta­tions along with In­te­rior Un­der­sec­re­tary, spe­cial ad­viser of the deputy premier and in­te­rior min­is­ter and a num­ber of se­nior in­te­rior min­istry of­fi­cials.

He said that the in­te­rior min­istry has har­nessed all its po­ten­tials to en­sure that the elec­tions pro­ceed smoothly and at ease, say­ing that His High­ness the Amir has di­rected that all fa­cil­i­ties be fur­nished in or­der to fa­cil­i­tate trans­par­ent, se­cured and free elec­tions.

The min­is­ter was briefed about the progress of vot­ing and ex­changed cordial talks with a num­ber of vot­ers in var­i­ous polling sta­tions. The vot­ers ex­pressed their sat­is­fac­tion for the smooth polling process and the fa­cil­i­ties ren­dered by the se­cu­rity au­thor­i­ties on the polling day.

Mean­while, Min­istry of In­te­rior warned vot­ers not to take pho­tos of the bal­lots af­ter cast­ing their votes, say­ing this is pro­hib­ited by the elec­tion law. Ac­cord­ing to the law, a vi­o­la­tor can spend five years be­hind bars, and pay a fine of KD 5,000, the min­istry’s state­ment added.

Ar­ti­cle 44 of Kuwait’s Elec­tion Law pro­vides for pun­ish­ing vi­o­la­tors in the case of us­ing force or threat­en­ing to pre­vent vot­ers from prac­tic­ing their rights, or to vote for cer­tain can­di­dates, or re­frain­ing from bal­lot­ing.

The same ar­ti­cle pro­vides for a penalty in case of vote buy­ing, pro­mot­ing false news about a can­di­date’s be­hav­ior among vot­ers, or go­ing to the polling sta­tion with a de­vice with the in­ten­tion of tak­ing pho­tos of bal­lots to prove one has voted for a cer­tain nom­i­nee. Also, one will be pun­ished if he goes to the polling cen­ters car­ry­ing a fire arm, ac­cord­ing to Ar­ti­cle 30 of the law. —KUNA

KUWAIT: Min­is­ter of In­for­ma­tion and Min­is­ter of State for Youth Af­fairs Sheikh Sal­man Sabah Al-Salem Al-Hu­moud Al-Sabah ar­rives at a polling sta­tion to in­spect prepa­ra­tions to main­tain a smooth elec­tion process. —Pho­tos by Yasser Al-Zayyat

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