ElectionGudie

May 17, 2008 Held

214,886
Voted
Kuwait

State of Kuwait

Election for Majlis al-Umma (Kuwaiti National Assembly)

Results

59%
Voter
Turnout*
Cast Votes:214,886
Valid Votes:214,886
Invalid Votes:-1

Parties:

Party Seats Won Seats Change Votes

Islamic Bloc (Sunni) 21 - -

-1.00%

Independents 13 - -

-1.00%

Popular Bloc 9 - -

-1.00%

Liberals and allies 7 - -

-1.00%

More Info:

At stake in this election:

  • 50 seats in the National Assembly (Majlis al-Umma)

Description of government structure:

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

Description of electoral system:

  • The Amir is the hereditary head of state.
  • The 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.

Main parties in the electoral race:

  • Bloc: Popular Bloc
    • Seats won in this election: 9
  • Bloc: Islamic Bloc (Sunni)
    • Seats won in this election: 21
  • Bloc: Liberals and allies
    • Seats won in this election: 7
  • Independent(s): Independents
    • Seats won in this election: 13

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 2,705,290 (2008)
  • Registered Voters: 361,684 (June 2008 )

Gender Data:

·         Female Population: 1,159,823 (2008)

·         Is Kuwait a signatory to CEDAW: No

·         Has Kuwait ratified CEDAW: Yes, accession (2 September 1994) 

·         Gender Quota: No

·         Female candidates in this election: Yes

·         Number of Female Parliamentarians: 0 (following the 2008 elections)

·         Human Development Index Position: 48 (2014)

·         Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: N/A

Disability Data:

·         Is Kuwait a signatory to CRPD: No

·         Has Kuwait ratified CRPD: Yes, accession (22 August 2013)

·         Population with a disability: 405,793 (est.)