Tuesday , December 12 2017

CONSTITUTIONAL COURT RULING NEGATES NEED FOR BOYCOTT – Ex-MPs seek full participation in poll

KUWAIT CITY, Oct 21: Twenty parliamentary hopefuls, including a woman, filed their candidacies for the 2016 National Assembly elections on the third day of the registration period, increasing the total number of candidates to 152. Following are the candidates who registered on the third day per constituency:

■ First Constituency (three candidates) — Fadel Hamza Khorshid, Waheeda Ali Ali and Jawad Ali Al-Matrouk.

■ Second Constituency (two candidates) — Ahmed Mohsen Al-Shatti and Mohammed Hussein Al-Sayegh.

■ Third Constituency (four candidates) — Mohammed Nasser Al-Jabri, Ali Hussein Al-Sayegh, Ammar Mohammed Al-Ajmi and Shaye Abdulrahman Al-Shaye.

■ Fourth Constituency (four candidates) — Abdulrahman Hassan Al- Otaibi, Faisal Saleh Al-Harbi, Saad Abdullah Al-Mutairi and Bader Eid Al-Shahri.

■ Fifth Constituency (seven candidates) — Hamoud Mubarak Al-Azmi, Qais Abdullah Dahrab, Wasmi Mohammed Shenaitir, Ahmed Mutei Al-Azmi, Faisal Yaseen Al-Khalidi, Mubarak Atallah Al-Azmi and Jabber Al-Muhailabi.

Meanwhile, former MP of the annulled 2012 Parliament Ammar Al-Ajmi, after filing his candidacy, said their decision to boycott the previous elections was a right one, indicating that Kuwaiti people have been urging them to participate in the election after the Constitutional Court issued its verdict.

He disclosed that opposition members will participate in the election except six of them who have been insisting until now that they will boycott the election. Al-Ajmi called on all eligible candidates to participate in the election for the betterment of the parliamentary work.

In addition, Fifth Constituency candidate and former MP Hamdan Al- Azmi urged everyone to participate in the election and not to boycott it especially since the objective behind the earlier decision to boycott elections is no longer relevant. He added that the boycott is no longer necessary following the issuance of the Constitutional Court’s verdict. Al-Azmi said, “The country needs a high-level output of competencies that can characterize the country”, urging voters to choose well so that the coming Parliament will be much more responsible.

Regarding the performance of the dissolved Parliament, he said, even though many laws were passed, there have been shortfalls from the part of the previous Parliament such as noncompletion of regulations, adding that he is against the DNA testing law and withdrawal of citizenship.

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