Lawmaker calls for regulating election campaigns; funding

MP Abdulkareem Al-Kandari

KUWAIT: MP Abdulkareem Al-Kandari submitted yesterday a draft law to regulate funding election campaigns, saying that campaigns of candidates running for parliament have been funded without control in the past years. The lawmaker explained that his proposal would provide ‘fair competition’ and an equal opportunity for every candidate. There has been several complaints in recent years about the alleged involvement of ‘political money’ to push certain candidates ahead of others in the election race, but the lack of a legal framework to regulate the process of funding campaigns made it difficult to take legal action concerning those claims.

Meanwhile, MP Ahmad Al-Fadhel submitted a proposal to amend the construction licensing law of Kuwait Municipality, whereby a license is only given to a contractor who builds at least one parking level in the building’s basement. Also yesterday, MP Majid Al-Mutairi proposed building a comprehensive city dedicated to people with special needs, and name it after His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.

Camping season.
Campers can approach Kuwait Municipality starting from Sunday to license their camps for the upcoming camping season, which starts in the middle of this month. Campers are required to submit a refundable KD 300 deposit to receive their license, and the amount is returned after the camping season concludes in March 15, 2018. Kuwait Municipality Director Ahmad Al-Manfouhi meanwhile explained that some locations near the Wafra Road leading to the Sabah Al-Ahmad City are now banned for camping, while camping there was allowed in recent years.

By Meshaal Al-Enezi

This article was published on 09/11/2017