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MPs divided on when to hold next National Assembly polls – CTC should not be subject to public tenders’ law: Al-Shaye

KUWAIT CITY, June 17: According to MP Ahmed Lari two opinions have surfaced about when to hold the next National Assembly elections.

The first opinion talks about holding the polls on July 24, 2017 which has the blessing of a majority of the MPs since it conforms to Articles 83 and 87 of the Constitution. He said the second opinion is to hold the elections on June 10, 2017 which according to a number of constitutional experts does not contradict with Articles 83 and 87 since four-year term of the current Parliament ends on Aug 5, 2017.

Meanwhile, Chairman of the National Assembly’s Finance and Economic Affairs Committee Faisal Al-Shaye has expressed his displeasure over comments made by some former MPs and politicians on the social networking websites concerning amendments to the public tenders law because these comments instill confusion and deception among the citizens since this law contains some exceptions when it comes to drilling of oil wells.

He explained there are those who deliberately mislead by suggesting that the current Parliament has decided in the second deliberation to exempt drilling wells from the public tenders’ law because of the interest of the MPs and their links with the companies operating in this area.

He stressed this impression is incorrect and misleading. He explained all tenders pertaining to the activities of the oil sector were excluded from being subjected to the Central Tenders Committee (CTC) since the beginning of work in the oil sector and before the adoption of this law and therefore what the current Parliament did is kept the situation at the oil sector unchanged.

Al-Shaye added the oil sector is of a special technical nature and therefore the government is of the opinion that the CTC should not be subject to the public tenders’ law and this is exactly what has been to continue with the existing system which prevails since the founding of the oil sector.

By Abubakar A. Ibrahim Arab Times Staff

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