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No e-counting in Kuwait’s elections

Candidates’ final list to be announced this week

  • By Habib Toumi, Bureau Chief
  • Published: 16:11 November 19, 2012
  • Gulf News

Manama: Kuwait’s high election commission has ruled out an electronic counting of the ballots in next month’s parliamentary elections.

Hand-counting is more reliable and there will be no use of modern technology, the nine-member commission said on Monday at a conference to shed the light on the latest developments related to the December 1 elections.

The commission said that 37 candidates were disqualified for not meeting the requirements to run in the parliament polls and that 49 have pulled out of the race.

The disqualification was linked to justice records or to “bad reputation”, the commission said.

Officials said that 397 Kuwaitis signed up during the 10-day registration process on November 1-10.

Candidates who have been ruled out have the right to challenge the decision using a fast track within the courts.

The final list of the candidates seeking the 50 seats in the parliament will be announced on Saturday, one week before the elections are held on the new one voter, one vote system.

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