HH Kuwait's Amir thanks ministries, state bodies over election climate
KUWAIT, Dec 1 -- His Highness the Kuwait's Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah sent on Saturday thank-you cables to several ministries, authorities and state bodies for creating the congenial atmosphere for the parliamentary election.
The cables were sent to Chairman of the National Guard Sheikh Salem Al-Ali Al-Sabah, Deputy Chairman of the National Guard Sheikh Meshal Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, HH Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah, Deputy Premier and Interior Minister Sheikh Ahmad Al-Humoud Al-Sabah, Minister of Justice and Legal Affairs Jamal Ahmad Al-Shehab, Minister of Health Ali Al-Obeidi, Minister of Information and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Mohammed Al-Abdullah Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah, Minister of Finance and Acting Minister of Education and Higher Education Nayef Al-Hajrab, Minister of Electricity and Water and Minister of State for Municipal Affairs Abdulaziz Al-Ibrahim.
In his thank-you cables, HH the Amir appreciated all ministries and state bodies, primarily the National Guard, ministries of interior, justice, health, information and education, Kuwait Municipality and General Fire Administration for their effective role in the creation of the appropriate atmosphere for the general electoral process.
Whoever breaches ''pre-election silence'' would be referred to concerned authorities - Info Min.
KUWAIT, Dec 1-- Whoever breached the 'pre-election silence' would be referred to concerned authorities, Information Minister Sheikh Mohammad Al-Abdullah Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah said Saturday.
"I hope we get deterring ruling in this regard," Sheikh Mohammad, also Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs, told KUNA while touring the media center at Sayyed Mohammd Hussein Al-Moussawi Middle School for Boys in Rumeithiya.
Clarifying misunderstanding about the 'pre-election silence', the Minister said the restriction was a cabinet resolution and not a law, adding that this is the second time the ban is implemented.
Implemented in many democratic countries, the ban is on political campaigning prior to a presidential or general election in order to allow a period for voters to reflect on events before casting their votes. During this period, no active campaigning by the candidates is allowed.
Meanwhile, and in an interview with KTV, Sheikh Mohammad underlined the government's commitment towards a transparent and fair electoral process. "Kuwait is the cradle of freedoms," the Minister stressed.
HH Amir ''one-vote'' decision favors Kuwait''s interest - Interior Min.
KUWAIT, Dec 1-- His Highness the Amir took the 'one-vote' decision after noticing that matters were not going in favor of the country's interest, First Deputy Premier Sheikh Ahmad Al-Humoud Al-Jaber Al-Sabah said here Saturday.
"HH the Amir is responsible of the country and best to know how to maintain its stability," Sheikh Ahmad Al-Humoud, also Interior Minister, told reporters after visiting the polling station at Maan Bin Zaedah Middle School for boys in the second constituency for the December 2012 parliamentary elections.
On facilitations provided for the international team of the higher commission for elections' transparency, Sheikh Ahmad said the existence of such team "supports" work of the interior ministry, pointing out that all previous reports by the commission had underlined "transparency and fairness" of the electoral process.
"Kuwait was, still and will continue to be a beacon in the Arab world when it comes to elections' transparency and impartiality," he stressed.
Democracy practiced by Kuwaitis is "deep-rooted" - Min. Safar
KUWAIT, Dec 1 -- Democracy practiced by the Kuwaiti people is "deep-rooted", Minister of Public Works Dr. Fadhel Safar said Saturday after casting his vote in the December 2012 elections.
"The turnout is good and nothing is disturbing the course of the voting process," Safar told KUNA, hoping for the future cooperation between the legislative and executive branches.
Over 400,000 voters are eligible to take part in the National Assembly elections, the second in 10 months, to choose 50 MPs out of some 300 candidates.