At stake in this election:
- 50 seats in the National Assembly (Majlis al-Umma)
Description of government structure:
- Chief of State: Amir JABIR al-Ahmad al-Jabir al-Sabah
- Head of Government: Prime Minister and Crown Prince Sheikh SAAD al-Abdallah al-Salim al-Sabah
- Assembly: Kuwait has a unicameral National Assembly (Majlis al-Umma) with 50 seats.
Description of electoral system:
- The Amir is the hereditary head of state.
- The Prime Minister and Crown Prince is appointed by the monarch.
- In the National Assembly (Majlis al-Umma) 50 members are elected by popular vote to serve 4-year terms.***
*** Members of the National Assembly are directly elected from twenty-five two-member constituencies. In each district, the two highest vote recipients are awarded the seats, even if they receive less than a majority of the votes.
Main parties in the electoral race:
- Independent(s): Independents
Last Parliamentary election:
- Parliamentary elections were last held on October 7, 1996.
Population and number of registered voters:
- Population: 1,853,152 (1999)
- Registered Voters: 112,882 (July 1999 Kuwaiti women are not permitted to vote in the 1999 election. 57% of Kuwait's citizens are under the voting age of 21. Police and military personnel are not permitted to vote.)
· Female Population: 763,272 (1999)
· Is Kuwait a signatory to CEDAW: No
· Has Kuwait ratified CEDAW: Yes, accession (2 September 1994)
· Gender Quota: No
· Female candidates in this election: No
· Number of Female Parliamentarians: 0
· Human Development Index Position: 48 (2014)
· Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: N/A
· Is Kuwait a signatory to CRPD: No
· Has Kuwait ratified CRPD: Yes, accession (22 August 2013)
· Population with a disability: 277,972 (est.)