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Two ministers accused in ‘Al Zour’ project funds scam Vote-buying expected in by-poll

KUWAIT CITY, June 20: The committee which was formed to investigate the irregularities at the Al-Zour Power project has pointed a finger of accusations at two ministers — one current and the other former — in addition to a number of senior government and private sector officials, reports Al-Shahed daily. They are allegedly involved in the violations and excesses committed in this vital project, and according to sources, the committee will submit its report to the Parliament next Monday.

The daily added, in the face of this the expectations are high to suspend the project since the committee has recommended to refer the two ministers and those whose names are mentioned in the report to the concerned authorities for further investigations. In another development, the turnout in the by-elections is expected to be low in some constituencies amid accusations of vote-buying, reports Annahar daily. The daily quoting reliable sources said each vote in the third constituency is being purchased for KD 200 while one of the well-known candidates is said to be offering even KD 300.

The sources added the vote-buying process is done in total confidentiality through agents to avoid being exposed to the authorities. Some contestants are believed to be in close relationship with some MPs and want to win at any cost. Meanwhile, it has been said what has kicked the momentum of vote-buying is due to the expected low turnout of voters due to the summer heat not to mention the impact of the opposition members who are inciting the people not to participate in these elections, which means a candidate will need a few votes to reach the Parliament.

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