Petitions call for Kuwait election to be cancelled

Petitions are filed with the Constitutional Court opposing plans to hold election on July 27
Petitions call for Kuwait election to be cancelled
A general view shows the opening session of Kuwaits parliament in Kuwait City. (AFP/Getty Images)
By Courtney Trenwith
Mon 01 Jul 2013 12:30 PM

Separate petitions have been lodged in Kuwait calling for the impromptu election on July 27 to be cancelled.

One petition claims the Cabinet did not have the power to set a new poll date because under Kuwaiti law it must have an elected representative from the National Assembly to make decisions, according to Kuwait Times.

The assembly was sacked last month after the Constitutional Court ruled the December 2012 election was null and void, leaving only government members appointed by the prime minister.

The second petition filed with the Administrative Court demands the election be postponed until after September 18, when the Constitutional Court is expected to provide legal reasoning for its decision to sack the assembly.

The Administrative Court has set a hearing for July 7 to deal with the first petition, which was lodged by lawyer Adel Abdulhadi, who argued any assembly elected from the July 27 poll could be later challenged.

A date is yet to be set for the second petition, which was lodged by Jassem Al-Enezi, who also made the request for the Constitutional Court to publicly explain its June 16 decision.

The July 27 election would be the country’s fifth in as many years.

The 2009 assembly was first dissolved in December 2011 following street protests led by the opposition.

A new election was held in February the following year but nullified on June 20, 2012, meaning the 2009 assembly was reinstated, only to be nullified again less than four months later.

The Constitutional Court also last month upheld a change that moves the country to a one-vote system, which is controversial among opposition supporters who claim it goes against them.

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