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Kuwaitis cast their votes

KUWAIT CITY: Voting in Kuwait's parliamentary elections closed yesterday evening, with the opposition claiming that its boycott campaign had succeeded and that voter turnout was very low. The polls closed at 8pm, as scheduled.

No official turnout figures were released by the independent National Election Commission, but opposition figures and activists claimed they were very low, especially in tribal districts.

Voting, which remained dull in most polling centres, picked up slightly towards the end but was much lower than previous elections, observers said. Information Minister Shaikh Mohammad Abdullah Al Sabah played down opposition claims on turnout, saying the Election Commission is the only body authorised to release the figures.

No opposition member is among the 306 candidates, including 13 women, who are contesting for the 50-seat parliament as almost all political groupings have boycotted the election, the second in 10 months.



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