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Kuwait: New Official Decree Suspends Elections Law of 2023

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Published on February 23, 2024, 09:04:33

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Kuwait, election, national assembly, voting, rights

In the latest edition of Kuwait's Official Gazette (Kuwait Al-Youm), Decree No. 4 of 2024 was announced, effectively putting a hold on the implementation of the National Assembly's election law No. 120 of 2023 until October 1.

Under the decree, elections will proceed in accordance with the newly issued directive until the previously suspended law is reinstated. It specifies that any Kuwaiti citizen who has attained the age of 21 is eligible to vote, with exceptions made for individuals naturalised within the past 20 years, as per Article (6) of Amiri Decree No. 15 of 1959 regarding Kuwaiti Nationality Law.

Additionally, those convicted by a final court ruling of fraudulent bankruptcy, unless rehabilitated under the law, are also ineligible. Compliance with the Constitution, laws, and Islamic principles is obligatory for exercising voting and nomination rights.

Furthermore, the decree outlines that individuals convicted of serious crimes such as felonies, offenses against honor or trust, or blasphemy against religious figures or the ruling monarch, are disqualified from voting unless they have undergone rehabilitation.

Military and police personnel are barred from utilising their voting rights, and it is mandated that every voter must personally exercise their electoral rights within their designated constituency, where they maintain a permanent residence, confirmed by their civil ID.

Moreover, it is emphasised that a voter may not cast their ballot more than once in a single election.

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