More ex-MPs join poll run; ‘Decision on petitions in 48 hours’

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KUWAIT CITY, Aug 23: The General Department for Election Affairs at the Ministry of Interior has asked the concerned citizens to closely monitor its decisions on petitions regarding the electoral rolls as per clauses two, three and four of Article Nine (bis) of decree number 5/2022 on amending Elections Law number 35/1962. The department disclosed that these petitions will be reviewed within 24 hours for submission and they will be referred to the First Instance Court, which will issue a decision within 48 hours. The following police stations have been tasked to receive electoral roll petitions:

● First Constituency: Daiya Police Station

● Second Constituency: Shamiya Police Station

● Third Constituency: Khairan Police Station

● Fourth Constituency: Omariya Police Station

● Fifth Constituency: Adan Police Station

Meanwhile, several former MPs announced their plan to contest the elections: Adel Al-Damkhi and Saleh Ashour for the First Constituency, Ahmed Al-Hamad and Muhammad Al-Abduljader for the Second Constituency, Ahmed Asskar and Ammar Al-Ajmi for the Third Constituency, Fayez Al- Jomhour and Musaed Al Ardi for the Fourth Constituency and Nayef Al Merdas for the Fifth Constituency; in addition to Kuwait Engineers Society Chairman Faisal Duwaih Al- Atel for the Fourth Constituency.

Regarding the performance of the previous National Assembly, 44 MPs submitted a total of 1,322 proposals — 930 in the first year of the 16th parliamentary term and 392 in the second year; covering important issues like education, economy, retirees and healthcare.

On education, the proposals include canceling the condition for master’s degree students to devote full time for their studies, allocate a special section in the Students Affairs Deanship to process the transactions of disabled students and providing health insurance for scholarship students. On the economy, the proposals include forming a higher committee in the Council of Ministers to monitor markets and intensify efforts to control prices, in addition to suspending the collection of loan payments from the owners of small and medium enterprises (individuals and companies).

On retirees, the proposals include expanding the coverage of health insurance for retirees (Afia) by adding more diseases and medicines; as well as adding Kuwaiti house wives and elderly women to the beneficiaries of Afia and hiring some retirees to fill vacancies in Kuwaiti embassies and consulates. On health care, the proposals include the establishment of an integrated hospital for the elderly and the establishment of an emergency unit in every primary clinic. By Saeed Mahmoud Saleh Arab Times Staff

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