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Saturday , November 26 2022

Obscure election results

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FOR the first time in decades, most political observers and analysts cannot foresee or anticipate results close to reality for the outcomes of the upcoming parliamentary election. The reason is due to several developments that were not known to the arena before, or rather, previous governments did not implement laws related to election violations in a serious and firm manner.

These developments include:

First: The sudden government decision to vote by civil ID, as the surprise and the short period of time prevented some deputies from transferring the votes of their supporters from one district to another. However, it is expected that such a transfer will occur in the upcoming elections unless the government takes precautions in advance and issues strict instructions to the Public Authority of Civil Information not to accept the transfer of the residence address of any citizen, unless after carefully verifying the validity and legitimacy of the transfer request, and this is not difficult.

Second: The government’s decision to prevent primaries (by-elections) and its use of firmness and vigilance to arrest the perpetrators of this political crime contributed to the confusion of observers’ cards and made the picture blurrier for them.

It was remarkable what one of the big candidates bragged about many names with which he moved from one district to another and who are credited with his success. Despite the illegality of the statement, no government agency concerned with the matter moved to hold him accountable for his grave violation, and the confession is the master of evidence.

Third: The decision to add new residential areas to existing electoral districts also plays a role in increasing the ambiguity of the results.

Fourth: The entry of prominent candidates, such as former Speaker Ahmed Al-Saadoun, and the reluctance of former Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim to run for candidacy, will increase the confusion of observers. The entry of Al-Saadoun and the exit of Al-Ghanim were two things that were not expected a month ago.

Fifth: The vigilance of the security forces due to the government’s decision to prevent vote-buying, referral of strong candidates to investigation and even imprisonment also played a role in limiting the success of some people with money and the accuracy of expectations.

Sixth: The government’s decision also contributed to preventing officials in government service departments from receiving candidates to facilitate the transactions of their voters, limiting the chances of some winning, and the recent issuance of the document of grief, worry and ‘values’, which was signed by 48 candidates contributed to increasing the confusion of the situation.

Therefore, I feel that we will be facing a critical stage next Thursday, September 29, and an important segment of the people of the country will vote in the upcoming important and crucial parliamentary elections. This will be followed by a complete absence of the voice of freedom, progress and development.

e-mail: a.alsarraf@alqabas.com.kw

By Ahmad alsarraf