Feb. 2, 2012 Held


State of Kuwait

Election for Majlis al-Umma (Kuwaiti National Assembly)


Voter Participation

Cast Votes:238,308
Valid Votes:238,308
Invalid Votes:0

Vote Share by Party:

Party Seats Won Seats Change Votes

Independents 50 - - 238,308

Election Results Modified: Jun 21, 2024

General Information

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 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.

Main parties in the electoral race:

  • Independent(s): Independents*
    Leader: N/A
    Seats won in this election: 50
    Seats won in last election: 0

* Political parties are not permitted in Kuwait, although de facto political blocs exist and are active in the National Assembly.

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 3,419,581 (2012)
  • Registered Voters: 400,296 (January 2012 Source, IPU Parline)

Gender Data:

·         Female Population: 1,500,240 (2012)

·         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: 3 (following the 2012 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: 512,937 (est.)

Election Modified: Jun 21, 2024

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