KUWAIT CITY, June 10: State Minister for National Assembly Affairs Ali Al-Omair expects the next parliamentary elections to be more aggressive and competitive and broader popular participation. On the decision by the Islamic Constitutional Movement (ICM) to participate in the next elections, Al-Omair disclosed he is happy about all active participation saying there is no reason for anyone to boycott the vote.
He was commenting on the announcement earlier this week by the ICM to take part in the next Parliament elections scheduled for 2017. The movement had boycotted elections of the annulled 2012 Parliament and 2013 Parliament in protest against the ‘Executive Authority’s isolation to change the electoral system by decree the necessity in 2012 without referring it to the MPs in violation of the Constitution and contrary to the electoral system. Al-Omair stressed decision by the ICM to take part in the elections will not upset anyone.
To the contrary, he said, it may encourage people to work hard to provide better political programs, because the next stage requires every effort for the success of the legislative body to work in the best interests of the country. He predicted other political forces will follow suit of the ICM and announce their participation, particularly that the ICM was not the first to announce participation, it was preceded by others.
By Abubakar A. Ibrahim Arab Times Staff