Amer Al-Ajmi
Amer Al-Ajmi
Govt denies plans to change electoral districts, vote system

The government denied on Thursday reports circulating on social media claiming that the government was planning to change the electoral constituencies and the voting system. Government spokesman Amer Al-Ajmi said that the government has not studied any bill to change the electoral districts and “has no intention to change them”.

“The upcoming elections will be held with the same electoral constituencies and based on the single-vote system,” Ajmi said in a statement to state-run KUNA news agency. Kuwait is divided into five electoral constituencies, with each constituency electing 10 MPs to the 50-seat parliament. Every Kuwaiti voter in these constituencies is allowed to elect only one candidate, although the number of seats available in each constituency is 10.

The dissolved house had been reviewing draft laws aimed at changing the constituencies and also amending the single-vote system introduced by the government in 2012. HH the Amir Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah dissolved the National Assembly on Feb 15 over remarks made by some MPs deemed offensive to HH the Amir.

Under Kuwaiti law, fresh elections must be held within two months of the date of dissolving the Assembly. The government has not yet set a date for the elections, which must be held before April 15. The government on Wednesday suspended until Oct 1 the election law which calls to set up an independent election commission, saying that it was not possible to implement the law that was passed by the Assembly several months ago. The government then reissued the old election law with some amendments.

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