HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah received Yemeni President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi
Terms issued for ‘poll news’ ‘No offensive talk’

KUWAIT CITY, Nov 12: The Information Ministry Monday announced the terms and conditions for media coverage during the upcoming parliamentary elections which forbid primaries, use of offensive language against candidates and vote-buying.

This decision was issued Monday by Minister of Information, Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Sheikh Mohammed Al-Abdullah Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah.

Article (1) says this decision comes into effect from the date of publication of the decree or the decision calling for elections of National Assembly or Municipality Council in official Gazette until the time of announcing final results of the elections.

The decision forbids the publication of calls for holding primaries, publishing any declaration or news about banned polls or breaching system and regulations of the polling. It also bans direct or indirect injurious language against candidates, whether in the form of words, photos, codes or caricatures.
Financial incentives during election campaigning are forbidden, therefore, those campaigning must abstain from offering money to citizens to encourage them to vote for certain candidates or abstain from voting.

The decision also stipulates the media must abide by certain norms while broadcasting poll statistics, such as the date, the number of people involved in the poll and the results of such polls must be released by a certified company.

The media must not broadcast statistics and results of polls on the voting day or a day earlier. The results of the elections must not be published before they are declared by the relevant authorities.
The decision also bans broadcasting or re-broadcasting interviews, programs or report about any candidate contesting the parliamentary or municipal elections on the day of voting or the eve of voting.
A special commission of ministry staff and other personnel would take charge of monitoring any breach during the polling process. Violators will be punished according to law.

In a related issue, four candidates Monday withdrew their nomination papers. According to Public Department for Elections Affairs at the Ministry of Interior the total number of the withdrawals has until now reached 24 since the closure of registration.

The department has notified the last day for withdrawal will be Nov 23, 2012. Those who withdrew their nominations include the Second Constituency candidate Ibrahim Jassem Al-Qallaf, the 3rd Constituency candidate Najeeb Saeed Al-Awadhi, the 4th Constituency candidate Abdullah Rashid Al-Fajji and the 5th Constituency candidate Saleh Shuja Al-Ajmi.

Meanwhile, Kuwait is experiencing many challenges these days and passing through an important and decisive historic turning point — a bitter reality that is making citizens panicky when looking at the future with caution and hope, says former MP and the First Constituency candidate Adnan Abdul-Samad.
During his election rally under the slogan ‘Because it is Kuwait,’ Abdul-Samad explained the country is living through a period of mixed concepts. He added attempts have been made by some people to hijack the political decision in the country. The democracy that has been spoken of by some citizens recently “is not the democracy which we are accustomed to and loved, but rather wrong practices that have increased tension and attempts made to destroy our dreams at expense of citizens.”

He said the recent statement made by HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah “has brought back the smile on our faces because he has assured us about our security and our future.” He added, the Amir has taken the decision of ‘one man one vote’ because of the recent political bickering.
He added, “Our concern today is the issue of rescuing Kuwait from the political bickering and malpractices which will destroy the unified Kuwaiti structure and terrify the society and pressurize the citizens to withdraw from participating in the upcoming election on the pretext the next Parliament is unconstitutional with any justified reason.”

He stressed the importance of running and participating in the upcoming elections for the sake of Kuwait to restore security and stability and establish state of the law and the Constitution and to move forward in the development and nation building.

He explained the record number of candidates for the next Parliament and their diverse spectrums is a big evidence of the failure of those who attempted to hold the elections hostage and enough evidence about the awareness of Kuwaitis and their desire to rescue their country.

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