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Interior minister assures nation of ‘seamless’ election process – Kuwaiti women conquer judiciary in 2016 elections

KUWAIT CITY, Nov 22, (KUNA): All procedures will be in place to ensure that the election process will proceed smoothly and fl awlessly, Minister of Interior Sheikh Mohammad Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah said on Tuesday.

Those remarks were included in a statement issued by the Ministry of Interior (MoI) after Sheikh Mohammad Al-Khaled presided over a broad security meeting, attended by the MoI’s Undersecretary Sulaiman Al-Fahad and several of his assistants.

Moreover, the statement noted that Sheikh Mohammad Al-Khaled underscored the need to have this security plan germane to elections slated for Nov 26, come to fruition. Addressing security forces, he said that they “should work closely” with the electorate, including the elderly and those with disabilities, to allow them thea liberty to practice their democratic rights. The Minister of Interior also highlighted the need to have a foolproof plan, adding that the MoI “will not compromise” as “volatile regional conditions call for increased alert.” He also noted that he is “confident in the capabilities of security forces” to carry out their mission of ensuring that the election process will go off without a hitch.

Meanwhile, the MoI’s Undersecretary explained the intricacies of this security plan, noting that the full force of law will be in effect and no one would be exempt.

Meanwhile, following on political, economic and social achievements, the Kuwaiti woman is conquering the judiciary through heading and supervising 2016 parliament elections’ committees. Assigning 22 female prosecutors in 2015 had paved the way for such participation.

The elections are slated for Nov 26. The participation of female prosecutors in the electoral process is a law-based notion rather than its relation to gender, said Dr Mohammad Al-Faili, professor of constitutional law at Kuwait University (KU), in statements to KUNA on Tuesday. Women supervising the electoral process this year came to crown previous endeavors of woman empowerment demands in all fields, especially that judiciary law does not prevent women from becoming prosecutors, Al-Faili noted.

On his part, political sciences’ professor at KU Dr Hassan Jawhar said that having women prosecutors is the “sound implementation of the law, which clearly authorizes the public prosecution; as a neutral party, to supervise elections.” Jawhar told KUNA that the law did not specify the gender of who is to supervise the electoral process. “The Judicial Higher Council’s decision to assign women in public prosecution might have come out of Kuwait’s international commitments, but empowering women is a sheer Kuwaiti decision,” he stressed. Dr Jawhar urged for further helping women overcome obstacles in this new experience

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