2,360 to ‘guard’ polling stations Competent hopefuls backed

KUWAIT CITY, Nov 25:  The Ministry of Interior will deploy 2,360 security and military officers to different polling precincts throughout the country on Dec 1 to ensure smooth flow of the electoral process, reports Al-Seyassah daily quoting sources.

Sources disclosed the officers will also be in charge of taking blank ballot papers from the Election Department to be distributed to the Election Committee and the polling precincts.

Meanwhile, Major General Habib Al-Sammak, head of the security team in charge of the elections, explained they are keen on ensuring peace and order on election day.  “We will safeguard the ballots and the voters, while preventing anyone from violating the law or disrupting the electoral process,” he added.
Al-Sammak revealed the central operations unit of the team is located at Saad Al-Abdullah Academy for Security Sciences.  He said the ministry will hold a series of meetings with the team prior to the elections to familiarize them with the proceedings, particularly the measures they have to take to guarantee peaceful and honest elections.

Meanwhile, Saud Mubarak Al-Ajmi, a 5th Constituency candidate for December 1 legislative elections, said Saturday addressing issues of health, education and housing were his top priorities.

Speaking to KUNA, Al-Ajmi called for solving political conflicts between the different parties in Kuwait.
He said the Fifth Constituency lacked lots of services and that he would work on honoring the constituency’s needs if he won the elections.

Al-Ajmi said the development projects were derailed because of the unstable political conditions.
In the meantime, the National Alliance Bloc (NAB) has expressed support for competent and sincere candidates who intend to implement reforms in the National Assembly and to work in the interest of the nation, reports Al-Seyassah daily.

In a recent press statement, the bloc pointed out the Dec 1 election is different due to the political intrigues surrounding it and the incessant calls for boycott.  This has prompted the political activists and civil society organizations to intensify their efforts in encouraging all eligible voters to ignore such calls and exercise their constitutional right to choose their representatives in the National Assembly.

The bloc said there must be sincere candidates willing to serve the nation and its people, so the voters can choose highly qualified and responsible members of the Assembly.  This manner of voting will lead to the formation of a legislature with the ability to implement genuine reforms and approve development programs to ensure a bright future for the country.  The next Assembly should be in a good position to protect public funds and the country against those engaged in corrupt activities, the bloc added. 

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