KUWAIT: Total electorate for upcoming elections due on November 26 stands at 483,186, including 29,026 females in the second constituency. The number of franchised citizens in the constituency has risen to 5,621, by 1. 16 percent of the overall electorate as compared to the figure of the July 2013 polls-with 2,870 men and 2,751 women. Total figure of the voters in the second constituency constitutes 11.46 percent of the total number of eligible voters; 5.45 percent men and six percent women.
The voters of this constituency are residents of 13 areas: Dahiat Abdullah Al-Salem 6,435 (including 3,323 women), Al-Gibla 34 (including 19 woman), Al-Shuwaikh 1,327 (including 682 women), Al-Shamiah 5,237 (including 2,698 women). Number of franchised citizens in Al-Qadsiah stands at 7,200 (including 3, 744 women), Al-Mansouriah 3,022 (including 1,489 women), Al-Faihaa 5,973 (including 3,313 women).
In Al-Nuzha, the electorate amounts to 4,327 (including 2,326 women), Al-Sulaibikhat 8,124 (including 4,151 women), Al-Doha 8,212 (including 4,393 women). Franchised nationals in Gharnata amounts to 2,240 (including 1,347 women), Al-Qairawan 3,209 (including 1,541 women), and none has been registered in Al-Murgab.
Many of the candidates of the Second Constituency, vying for seats in the National Assembly for the 15th legislative term, slated for November 26, have high levels of education. More than 42 percent of them are 50 years, or over.
Thirty-seven candidates (60.65 percent) of the total 61 nominees, hold academic degree; ten candidates (16.39 percent) carry a diploma; seven (11.47 percent) are high school graduates, and seven (11.47 percent) studied till medium term.
Among the 37 candidates, seven carry PhDs in philosophy, private law, Tafseer (Interpretation) of the Holy Quran, fundamentals of the religion, programming engineering and political science. Five nominees have MAs in business administration, education management, criminal law, and pharmacology.
Twenty-five BA holding candidates studied business administration, electrical engineering, civilian engineering, mechanical engineering, financing, economy, statistics, law and maritime navigation. The ten nominees with diplomas studied mechanical engineering, business administration, technological studies, and at the Industrial College.
In the 2013 elections, twenty-three candidates (57.5 percent) of the total 40 nominees then, had academic degrees; six candidates (15 percent) carried diplomas and five (12.5 percent) were high school graduates and five (12.5 percent) studied till medium term.
Among the 23 candidates, five had PhDs in education, business administration, psychology, Sharia, and political geography. Three nominees had MAs in political science, mechanical engineering, and management of comprehensive research.
Fifteen BA holding candidates studied computer science, statistics, mechanical engineering, psychology, history, aviation science electrical engineering, civilian engineering, social studies, statistics, Sharia, law, financing and marketing. The six nominees with diplomas were specialized in aviation engineering, or studied at the College of Education.
In the 2012 parliamentary elections, 41 candidates (61.19 percent) of the total 67 nominees at the time, held academic degrees; seven (10.44 percent) carried a diploma; fourteen (20.89 percent) were high school graduates and five (7.46 percent) studied till medium term.
Out of the 41candidates, five had PhDs in economy, faith, philosophy, construction engineering and physical philosophy law. Three had MAs in engineering, organ transplantation and business administration.
Thirty-three BA holding candidates studied economy, political science, industrial engineering, computer science, civilian engineering, law, mechanical engineering, business administration, police science, psychology, accounting, media, statistics information systems. The seven nominees with diplomas were qualified in banking, business administration, accounting, communications, commercial studies, mechanical engineering and electricity.
In terms of age, most candidates of the Second Constituency standing for the 2016 elections are 50 years old, or over. These are 26 (42.62 percent) of the total figure. Twenty-one nominees (34.42 percent) are 40-49 years old, and 14 ones (22.95 percent) are 30-39 years. In the 2013 elections, 18 candidates were 50 years old or over, 45 percent of the total number. Fifteen nominees (37.5 percent) were 40-49 years old, and seven ones (17.5 percent) 30-39 years old.
Candidates for the 2012 elections included 32 candidates of 50 years old and above, about 47.76 percent of the total number. Twenty-four nominees were 40-49 years old, 35.82 percent, and 11 ones 30-39 years old, about 16.41 percent. – KUNA