Amid crisis, Kuwaiti candidates register for polls
KUWAIT: Candidates began registering for Kuwait's second parliamentary election in eight months amid a political crisis that has stalled development in the wealthy Gulf state and a boycott by the opposition. (Photo AFP)
Despite a boycott by the opposition, candidates have begun registering for Kuwait’s second parliamentary election in eight months, the AFP reports.
The political crisis in the Gulf state occurs on the sixth election since 2006.
Roughly two weeks ago, Kuwait’s top court broke apart parliament, stating the previous election was unconstitutional. Nevertheless, officials decided to keep controversial changes in the electoral law, causing a standoff with those opposed to the current government.
“We are passing through a very difficult political situation affected by high regional tension,” former MP Saleh Ashour told the AFP. “The Kuwaiti people have the responsibility of safeguarding their country and achieving political stability.”
As things stand right now, the Gulf state has about 435,000 eligible voters. Those constituents will cast their ballot to elect a 50-member parliament. Each term is four years.
The AFP stated that, “None of the past six legislators have completed their terms because they were dissolved either by the emir or by court order.”
Mussallam al Barrak, who is considered to be the leading opposition figure, stated the opposition will not partake in the election because the reasons for boycotting still exist.
“Today, we are at crucial crossroads,” he told the AFP. “The regime want to build a sheikhdom state and we want a state based on institutions and constitution.
“The next election is a crime and conspiracy against the constitution,” he added.
Registration is expected to continue for another 10 days.