21 elec­tion pe­ti­tions filed, more ex­pected

New MPs press for lift­ing of sport sus­pen­sion

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL - By B Iz­zak

For­mer MPs and can­di­dates who failed to win seats in the na­tional as­sem­bly elec­tion last month yes­ter­day filed 15 pe­ti­tions chal­leng­ing the elec­tion re­sults rais­ing the num­ber of pe­ti­tions re­ceived so far by the con­sti­tu­tional court to 21.

The court, whose rul­ings are fi­nal, has only one more day on next Sun­day to re­ceive more pe­ti­tions and then the door for pe­ti­tions will be shut. Yes­ter­day’s pe­ti­tions in­cluded chal­lenges from four for­mer MPs Youssef Al-Zalza­lah, Ah­mad Al-Azmi, Mo­ham­mad Al-Bar­rak and Ha­mad Matar. Most of the pe­ti­tions called for re­count­ing of votes.

The dif­fer­ence be­tween those who got the last two or three seats in each con­stituency and those who came in the 11th, 12th or even 13th place is some­times a few dozen votes. The con­sti­tu­tional court will study each pe­ti­tion sep­a­rately be­fore de­cid­ing whether they are cred­i­ble enough to be in­ves­ti­gated. It may take the court sev­eral months to is­sue its rul­ings.

In an­other de­vel­op­ment, new op­po­si­tion MP Ab­dul­wa­hab AlBab­tain said yes­ter­day that he and MP Omar Al-Tabtabaei have pre­pared an ini­tia­tive to re­solve the sport cri­sis and help end the in­ter­na­tional sus­pen­sion of Kuwait.

He said that the ini­tia­tive has al­ready been signed by 27 law­mak­ers and es­sen­tially calls on the gov­ern­ment to pledge to amend the sports law passed by the pre­vi­ous as­sem­bly in June within three months for the in­ter­na­tional sports or­ga­ni­za­tions to end the freeze. He called on other MPs to sign the ini­tia­tive be­fore it will be pub­lished to­day ahead of sub­mit­ting it to the new gov­ern­ment af­ter its for­ma­tion.

Bab­tain said the law­mak­ers will as­sist the gov­ern­ment in amend­ing the law within the stip­u­lated pe­riod in or­der to help end the sus­pen­sion on the lo­cal sports bod­ies. He said that dis­putes in the sports field has con­tin­ued for the past 10 years and it is time to tell them “hands off” Kuwaiti sports and let us work to re­solve the cri­sis.

But an­other op­po­si­tion MP Riyadh Al-Sane said that Kuwait does not need to pledge to amend its leg­is­la­tion be­cause the coun­try was sus­pended in 2010 be­fore the spe­cific leg­is­la­tion was is­sued. He said he be­lieves that the sus­pen­sion is not re­lated to do­mes­tic leg­is­la­tion or the in­de­pen­dence of the sports move­ment but due to the scrap­ping of fi­nan­cial and ad­min­is­tra­tive su­per­vi­sion. Adasani stressed that the Kuwaiti sports has been badly harmed by con­tin­ued po­lit­i­cal dis­putes and Kuwait and its sports­men be­came the vic­tims.

DNA law

MP Ab­dulka­rim Al-Kan­dari said he has pre­pared a draft law call­ing for the abol­ish­ing of the con­tro­ver­sial laws of DNA test­ing and a law that bars peo­ple con­victed of re­li­gious crimes or in­sult­ing the Amir from run­ning in the polls. Kan­dari said the pro­posal will be sub­mit­ted af­ter the first ses­sion, adding that he will re­view most bills passed by the pre­vi­ous na­tional as­sem­bly to see how they should be rec­ti­fied.

MP Al-Hu­maidi Al-Subaie said yes­ter­day that he and MP Mubarak AlHa­jraf yes­ter­day met with MP Ha­mad Al-Harashani, who will chair the first ses­sion on Sun­day, and agreed that vot­ing for the speaker and deputy speaker will be through the bal­lot and not through the elec­tronic sys­tem. Other elec­tion will be made through the elec­tronic sys­tem.

KUWAIT: MP Ma­jid Al-Mu­tairi (left) speaks with MP Omar Al-Tabtabaei dur­ing a gath­er­ing at the di­waniya of MP Mo­ham­mad Al-Mu­tair on Tues­day.

— Photo by Yasser Al-Zay­yar

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