Kuwait holds early general election
A total of 483,186 eligible voters will be voting in an early general election today. The election, which was originally scheduled for June 2017, will elect the 50 elected members of the National Assembly (15 more are appointed by the prime minister).
The election will be fought in five electoral districts each of which elects ten members of the National Assembly. There are 293 candidates (14 women) standing, but many of those standing again (79) from the previous parliament may not be elected because of deep anger within the electorate over their performance.
Kuwait has had 15 parliaments since independence in June 1961 but only six have completed a full term in office. The last election was held on 27th July 2013 with turnout at 52.5% despite an opposition boycott.