Some of the female protestors seen welcoming former MP Musallam Al-Barrak at Al-Erada Square Sunday evening
71pc to take part, 28pc say will boycott elections: poll Al-Ghanim calls to keep unity among Kuwaitis

 KUWAIT CITY, Nov 11: An opinion poll conducted by the Al-Seyassah website shows 71 percent of the citizens will take part in the December 2012 National Assembly elections. The poll also shows 28 percent will boycott because they are unhappy about the amendment to the Election Law which gave one vote for one eligible voter, while one percent was undecided, reports Al-Seyassah daily.

The results of the opinion poll revealed 71 percent of the respondents support the ‘one man one vote’ notion.

Moreover, the change in the voting system has made them more eager to participate in the elections and practice their constitutional rights in a manner which serves the welfare of the nation and its people.

The poll, in which 1,000 participated from all layers of society, also revealed that the 28 percent of those boycotting the election was due to the change in the number of votes per voter — something which has reduced their chances of winning the election, which was mainly done through vote-buying.

Meanwhile, Abdulrahman Al-Ghanim, candidate of the Third Constituency, bid the Kuwaiti nation to shoulder its national responsibility towards the country and keep the unity among Kuwaitis under the wise leadership of HH the Amir, reports Al-Anba daily.

In a press statement issued on the occasion of 50th anniversary of Kuwaiti Constitution, he said Allah has granted Kuwait with many good things and bid citizens to remember the national stances of the father of the constitution, late Sheikh Abdullah Al-Salem.

He stressed that the Kuwaiti nation is keen on respecting law and Constitution and wished for security and stability of the beloved Kuwait.

Meanwhile, Secretary-General of National Alliance Khalid Al-Khalid appreciated the stances of some
national personalities who refused to participate in the upcoming parliamentary elections, indicating that their stance will find a place in the history of Kuwait as long as they defend their constitutional rights.
He pointed out that the step to boycott the elections is a message to the government to stop the bleeding of democratic losses.

On the other hand, former MP and candidate of the First Constituency Adnan Abdulsamad lamented the attempts exerted by some individuals to mislead the Kuwaiti nation in the name of Constitution, reports Al-Rai daily.

He said he wondered how some so-called legal experts announce through media that the decree of necessity for the amendment of the voting system is unconstitutional.

He clarified that Article 71 of the Constitution, which is one of the longest articles, clearly explains the procedures involved in issuing decrees of necessity, adding that it grants HH the Amir the right to issue them provided they do not violate the Constitution or the financial estimations allotted in the law of budget.

He pointed out that the same article allows opponents to vote on these decrees during the parliamentary sessions to oppose or approve them, adding that several parliaments of the past have approved and disapproved many decrees of necessity in this manner. From this perspective, he wondered how the media entertains some individuals who allege the decree is unconstitutional as legal or constitutional experts.

He said it is evident from the fact that HH the Amir respects the Constitution and the Constitutional Court that Kuwait is a country of law and constitution.

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