Rewards to boost drive against vote buying

December 30, 2011

A 5,000 Dinar  ($17,495) reward will be given to anyone who reports vote-buying cases as parliament elections heat up, Kuwait Transparency Society has said.

“We have been informed that anyone who reports the crime of buying votes will be offered KD5,000,” the society, tasked with monitoring the parliamentary elections in Kuwait, said.

The society did not name the source of the information, but said that it had asked the government to allocate a budget for reporting violations.

“The budget will not be very big because the phenomenon of selling and buying votes will be eliminated following a few arrests,” the society said.

Under Kuwait’s election laws, buying votes and holding private polls by tribes to agree on their candidates for the national elections are strictly prohibited.

Despite repeated warnings from the interior ministry, five tribes on Saturday held their private polling in the Fifth Constituency to select their candidates. However, the Kuwait Transparency Society recorded the process and handed the videos to the interior ministry.

On Tuesday, the ministry said it was referring cases to the public prosecution for possible legal action.

Around 400,000 Kuwaitis are scheduled to cast their ballots for the 50-seat parliament on February 2.

However, Aseel Al Awadhi, one of the four women lawmakers in the outgoing parliament, said she expected half of them not to vote.

“I think that around 50 per cent of the registered voters will not cast their ballots,” she said.



About the author

Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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