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Kuwait

State of Kuwait

2,695,316 7

Population (as of July 1, 2013)

Elections in our database

439,911 64.47%

Registered Voters (as of July 1, 2013)

Average Turnout

Name Official Name Type
National Assembly Majlis al-Umma Assembly
Prime Minister Prime Minister Head of Government
Amir Amir Head of State

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: Amir SABAH al-Ahmad al-Jabir al-Sabah
  • Head of Government: Prime Minister JABIR AL-MUBARAK al-Hamad al-Sabah
  • Assembly: Kuwait has a unicameral National Assembly (Majlis al-Umma) with 65 seats.

Description of electoral system:

  • The Amir is hereditary head of state.
  • Prime Minister is appointed by the monarch.
  • In the National Assembly (Majlis al-Umma), 50 members are elected by plurality vote in multi-member constituencies to serve 4-year terms and 15 members are designated ex officio to serve 4-year terms.***

*** Elected members come from five 10-seat districts. Previously, Kuwaitis were able to vote for 4 MPs each, but in October 2012 it was reduced to one, via an amendment to the electoral law. Each voter may now choose only 1 candidate. The 10 highest vote-winners gain seats in each district. Ex-officio members are from the Council of Ministers. The Council of Ministers is appointed by the Prime Minister with the consent of the Amir.

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Elections

Election For Date Votes Registered Voters Turn Out
National Assembly 1999-07-03 93,996 112,882 83.27%
National Assembly 2006-06-29 312,762 340,248 91.92%
National Assembly 2008-05-17 214,886 361,684 59.41%
National Assembly 2009-05-16 - 384,790 -
National Assembly 2012-02-02 238,308 400,296 59.53%
National Assembly 2012-12-01 163,301 400,296 40.8%
National Assembly 2013-07-27 228,314 439,911 51.9%

Voter Turnout