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Al-Ghanim praises level of candidates’ competitiveness

KUWAIT CITY, June 26: National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al- Ghanim has expressed his happiness over the way the 2014 parliamentary byelections were conducted and the level of competitiveness among the candidates, reports Al-Seyassah daily. After casting his vote, Al- Ghanim indicated that his participation in the elections was aimed to choose the one who will represent him in the Second Constituency. He also praised the level of competitiveness among the candidates with respect to their election programs and their eagerness to serve the nation.

Meanwhile, as part of his comprehensive plan for the 2014 parliamentary by-elections, the Minister of Information and State Minister for Youth Affairs Sheikh Salman Al- Humoud conducted an inspection tour of the electoral committee at Mu’en bin Zaida Secondary School in Abdullah Al-Salem area where he observed the ballot process.

Regarding the visits made by several ministers to a number of electoral committees, Sheikh Salman Al- Humoud said, “Our responsibility is to cooperate in serving the nation because cooperation among the authorities plays a huge part in the success of institutional work”.

Meanwhile, Kuwaiti electorate at the Second, Third and Fourth constituencies cast their votes in the byelections on Thursday to select the candidates for occupying the five vacant seats in the 14th National Assembly, reports Al-Seyassah daily. These by-elections are the tenth of its kind in the history of Kuwait’s National Assembly.

Holding it became mandatory after five former lawmakers namely Riyadh Al- Adsani and Ali Al-Rashed from the Second Constituency, Safa Al- Hashim and Dr Abdulkareem Al- Kandari from the Third Constituency and Dr Hussein Al- Quwaiaan from the Fourth Constituency resigned. In the Second Constituency, 22 candidates contested for the two available seats, while 31 aspirants competed for three seats in the Third Constituency and 19 candidates including a woman fought for the only one seat in the Fourth Constituency. According to the records of Interior Ministry, the total number of registered male and female voters in the Second Constituency was 50,704, while 78,601 registered voters were qualified to vote in the Third Constituency and the Fourth Constituency had over 118,000 voters.

The elections were adjudged peaceful and violence-free, as large number of security officials stood firm to monitor the proceedings without minding the severely hot temperatures. After casting his vote at Shamiya Girls School, Sheikh Nasser Al- Mohammad Al-Sabah reaffirmed the statement issued by HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, saying, “Kuwaiti Constitution is the security valve”. He stressed that HH the Amir is in charge of protecting the country and the Constitution, adding that he hopes God Almighty grants the Amir sound health and long life to continue serving humanity and the society.

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