Breakdown of candidates’ educational levels, ages
KUWAIT: The total number of voters registered for the 15th term of the Kuwait National Assembly elections is 483,186 – including 252,756 females – with the first out of five constituencies occupying 16.27 percent.
The first constituency includes 78,643 voters (including 41,660 female). Since the July 2013 elections, the number of voters has increased by 1,398 representing a 1.77pct rise, according to Interior Ministry figures. It includes 19 areas, with the dominant being Rumaithiya and with the least voters found in Al-Matabba.
It includes, in order of voter numbers, Rumaithiya 17,652 voters (including 8,625 female), Bayan 14,536 voters (including 7,993 female), Salwa 12, 414 voters (including 7,289 female), Mishref 10,582 voters (including 6, 074 female), Dasma 5,827 voters (including 2,721 female), Al-Daiya 4,955 voters (including 2,393 female), Salmiyah 4,324 voters (including 2,607 female).
Shaab 3,627 voters (including 1,798 female), Mubarak Al-Abdallah 1,550 voters (including 838 female), Bneid Al-Gar 935 voters (including 302 female), Sharq 816 voters (including 417 female), Hawalli 676 voters (including 465 female), Failaka Island and the rest of the Kuwaiti islands 182 voters (0 females).
Al-Ras 184 voters (0 females), Dasman 156 voters (including 102 female), Al-Bidaa 116 voters (including 36 female), Nogra 76 voters (0 females), Maidan Hawalli 34 voters (0 females) and Al-Matabba one voter (0 females).
Many first constituency candidates have high level of education. More than half of them are 50 years, or over. Out of the total 72 nominees of the First Constituency, as the registration ended for the race, there are 49 (68.05 percent) with university degrees; 16 (22.22 percent) who carry diplomas; six (8.33 percent) are high school graduates, and just one candidate completed intermediate school, 1.38 percent.
Among the 49 nominees with academic degrees, 13 have PhDs in social politics, law, constitutional law, statistics, security management, pharmacology, medicine, eye surgery, physical education, educational management, computer, Information Systems and Science of Hadith.
Seven nominees have MAs in economy, industrial management, military sciences, law, public law, private law, engineering management and fundamentals of religion. Twenty-nine BA holding nominees studied medicine, surgery, law, economy, geography, history, engineering, mechanical engineering, civilian engineering, political sciences, and accounting. The 16 candidates with diplomas are specialized in sciences, mechanical engineering, oil industries, secretarial work.
Candidates of the First Constituency in the 2013 parliamentary elections hit 51. Thirty-four of them (66.66 percent) had university degrees; nine (17.64 percent), had diplomas; five (0.8 percent) were high school graduates, and three (5.88 percent) candidates completed the intermediate school.
Among the 34 nominees with university degrees, eight had PhDs in education management, IT, education, statistics, law, physiology of sports science and nutrition, security management, physical education, philosophy and philosophy of international relations.
Four candidates with MAs studied computer science, libraries, business administration and management of human resources. BA nominees, 22, were qualified in media, international relations, business administration, arts, political sciences, fine arts, economy civilian engineering, geography, history, law, sciences, and accounting. The nine diploma candidates studied navigation communication, electricity, zoology, secretary work, applied sciences, physical education, banking, police science and commerce.
Candidates for the First Constituency in the 2012 parliamentary elections hit 59 as registration deadline ended. Among the 59 candidates, 34 (57.62 percent) had university degrees; nine (17 percent) had diplomas; six (0.16 percent) were high school graduates, and two candidates (3.38 percent) completed the intermediate school.
Seven of the 34 had PhDs in literary criticism, statistics, philosophy, international relations, computer technology, organ transplant, law, oral surgery. Six had MAs in engineering, military sciences, political sciences, media and special education.
Twenty-one BA holding candidates were qualified in mechanical engineering, accounting, communication engineering, law, civilian aviation, economic, political sciences, information and technology science, fine arts, sciences, Sharia, communication and electronics engineering, architecture and sociology. Seventeen nominees with diplomas studied electricity, business administration, economy, aviation sciences, communication, marketing, education, computer civilian engineering and physical education.
In terms of age, most candidates of the First Constituency standing for the 2016 elections are 50 years old or over. These are 38 (52.77 percent) of the total figure; Twenty nominees (27.77 percent) are 40-49 years old, and 14 ones (19.14 percent) are 30-39 years old.
In the 2013 elections, 20 candidates (50.98 percent) were 50 years old or over; thirteen nominees (25.49 percent) were 40-49 years old, and 12 ones (23. 52 percent) 30-39 years old. Candidates for the 2012 elections, included 26 nominees (44.06 percent) of 50 years old or over; twenty nominees (33.89 percent) were 40-49 years old, and 13 ones (22.03 percent) 30-39 years old. – KUNA