KUWAIT CITY, Nov 23, (KUNA): The upcoming 2016 elections represent a new chapter in Kuwait’s democratic history, Minister of Information and Minister of State for Youth Affairs Sheikh Salman Al-Sabah said on Tuesday.
Voicing optimism over the country’s future in the next stage in light of the parliament elections, slated for Nov 26, Sheikh Salman Al-Sabah said “We seek Kuwait’s interest first and foremost.” His remarks came during his opening of the elections media center at Sheraton Hotel Iate Tuesday, pointing out the great and quantum leap witnessed by the state on all levels. He attributed such advancement to “political stability and cooperation among state institutions, as well as having a positive outlook in order to maintain our principles.”
The fully-equipped center will provide logistical and technical services to some 120 media people from all over the world. A complete program is set for local and visiting media personnel, including the holding of two seminars; on history of elections in Kuwait and on Kuwait’s pioneering humanitarian action. Media delegations are also scheduled to visit the National Assembly (Parliament) building, as well as visiting a number of elections’ headquarters throughout the five constituencies in order to familiarize them with the electoral process. Meanwhile, the media center setup for the parliamentary elections 2016 begins as of today reception of foreign media personnel at the Sheraton Hotel.
The center will provide various logistical and technical servies for Kuwait’s guests. The center, setup by the Information Ministry with the latest technological and modern media equipments to cover the parliamentary race, consists of pavilions of the state’s various institutions and being supervised by Kuwaitis in order to meet needs of all foreign news reporters and journalists. A tour for Kuwait’s various touristic and cultural places will also be provided for the foreign media men.
The parliamentary elections will take place next Saturday November 26. Furthermore, the Ministry of Information (MoI) has revamped live webcasting to allow viewers access to all local state channels as well as the 2016 parliamentary elections through the ministry’s official website, www. media.gov.kw. Speaking to KUNA on Wednesday, spokesman for the MoI and Undersecretary of the planning and cognitive development department Mohammad Al-Awash said the ministry seeks to embrace the latest forms of digital media. Moreover, he said the ministry has developed live webcasts on smart phones and encourages users to update their phones with the proper applications in order to get access.
On these live webcasts, he said it allows viewers of Kuwait television to watch the channel on the internet so that they would not miss out on major events, including the impending 2016 parliamentary elections. He also pointed out that Kuwait TV will provide up to the minute coverage of the elections as it transpires, noting that the ministry has launched its own channel on YouTube as well as other social media outlets. Al-Awash noted that the ministry has overhauled the aforementioned website in order to ensure extensive coverage of the elections, where viewers will get exclusive, round-the clock coverage.