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Al-Hajri: All 21-year-old Kuwaiti voters in 22 parliamentary elections

Kuwait: All Kuwaiti citizens over the age of 21 are eligible to vote in the 2022 parliamentary elections, an interior ministry official said on Monday. Col. Ahmad Al-Hajri, of the Electoral Affairs Commission, told KUNA that voters who are eligible to use a civil ID card can vote in the constituency corresponding to the address specified in the document.

Hajri assured that all eligible voters can verify their voter registration at the local police station corresponding to the address on their citizen ID card. Officials said voters have the right to object to the inclusion of their name on the ballot list for a particular constituency and can also change constituencies by submitting a request to the election administration department. Hajiri added that people who have been removed from the voter list can also legally challenge the proceedings.

Officials said on Election Day voters will need to bring their citizenship and citizen ID cards to complete the voting process. Those who have lost their citizenship cards will need to head to the Citizenship and Travel Documents department to obtain a paper “to those concerned” in order to be able to vote on Election Day, Hajiri explained. recently approved voting using citizen ID cards and added new areas to four electoral districts.

The requirement that voters use only their citizen ID to prove their residency is a major change in Kuwait’s elections. Previously, it relied on electoral rolls produced by the Home Office and updated every February. The use of electoral rolls allegedly allowed candidates to illegally move voters from one constituency to another, dramatically increasing their chances of winning a seat in Congress. Such allegations were made widely in local and social media, and the suspect’s name was released without evidence. – agency

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