Top Islamic scholar objects to women running in election Bid to ensure smooth flow of polls

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 14: Prominent Kuwaiti Islamic scholar Dr Ajeel Al-Nashmi has said that Islam does not allow women to run in elections, even as he approves of giving women the right to vote in elections, reports Al-Anba daily.
The Head of Sharia Scholars League in the GCC countries Dr Ajeel Al-Nashmi maintains that women have the right to participate in political issues by expressing their opinions or demanding their rights in the media.
Al-Nashmi who is also a former dean of the Faculty of Sharia and Islamic Studies noted that women may be given the chance to select their representatives for public offices in the ministries or National Assembly, but objected to women running in elections for appointment in similar positions because “during the era of Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) and subsequent periods, history has not registered women appointments in government to manage affairs in any Islamic state.”
Women from the physical point of view are not fit to practice politics that requires debating, staying awake for long hours at night, appearing before men and mingling with them, Al-Nashmi indicated.
Meanwhile, a delegation from the Kuwait Transparency Society presented a number of recommendations to ensure the smooth flow of the upcoming elections in the recently-concluded meeting with HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, says head of the society Salah Al-Ghazaly.
Speaking Monday during the society’s celebration of the International Anti-Corruption Day, Al-Ghazaly revealed the society suggested having observers from outside Kuwait to monitor the elections, pointing out that the Ministry of Interior has expressed its readiness to facilitate the entry of these observers. He said the society requested setting up a hotline to receive complaints related to electoral offenses, in addition to combating vote-buying and strictly enforcing the law that prohibits primaries.
Al-Ghazaly also criticized the lack of seriousness in following up the results of interpellations, lamenting at the same time that the former lawmakers did not implement plans they had previously signed with the society.
He also regretted the fact that none of the stipulations of the international treaty on combating corruption has been implemented even if eight years had passed since Kuwait signed the agreement.
 “The previous government’s proposal on combating corruption was so bad that the authority, which was supposed to be established to fight corruption, has been turned into a police station,” he concluded.

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