Parliamentary Election in Kuwait

105 images Created 20 Feb 2012

This series was shot throughout January and February 2012 on behalf of the Ministry of Information which intended to chronicle the election process for the new National Assembly of the State of Kuwait. The actual election took place on February 2, 2012 and it was the sixth election since the National Assembly (parliament) was reinstated following the Iraqi occupation of Kuwait in 1990/1991.

The photos in this portfolio cover the full gamut of activity ranging from the opening of the Ministry of Information's Elections Media Center to elections rallies of prominent candidates, the election day as experienced by Kuwait's Justice Minister Ahmad Al-Mulaifi who was the senior government representative that day to the opening ceremony of parliament presided over by HH the Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.

The electoral process officially began on December 6, 2012 when the Emir of Kuwait dissolved parliament and called for new elections to the 65-seat parliament of which 50 members are elected by secret ballot in multi-member constituencies to serve four terms. The 15 members of the cabinet are designated as ex officio to also serve four-year terms. On Wednesday February 15, HH the Emir inaugurated the first session of the new legislature.
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