The Constitution of Kuwait was created in June 1961 by Emir Abdullah III Al-Salim Al-Sabah. The constitution establishes Kuwait as a constitutional monarchy and Islam as the state religion.
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1.Constitution of Kuwait
The Constitution of the Senate of Kuwait is based on the democratic principles and combines the positive aspects of both presidential and parliamentary systems prevalent in advanced democratic countries. The pillars of the Constitution are the sovereignty of the State, public freedom and equality before the law.
2.Kuwait's election law
Since the electoral reform of 2006 electoral districts have been reduced from 25 to five. Each of the districts will elect ten parliamentarians.
Election Law number 35 of the year 1962 was amended on May 16th 2005 to allow women to vote and run for political office. Under pressure from Islamists, the right of women to run as candidates and to vote was made subject to Islamic Law: for example, men and women will vote in separate polling places.
Kuwait has universal adult suffrage for Kuwaiti citizens who are 21 or older, with the exception of those who currently serve in the armed forces and citizens who havebeennaturalizedforfewerthan20years.
Most residents of Kuwait are not citizens and consequently do not have the right to vote. Kuwait's citizenship law, in theory, gives citizenship to those who descend, in the male line, from residents of Kuwait in 1920. As a consequence, only 130,000 people, about 15 percent of Kuwaiti nationals, had the right to vote in2006elections.
Neither judges nor members of the uniformed services (i.e. police and military personnel) vote. Candidates for the National Assembly must nominate themselves and run formally as independents.
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