Kuwait : The third constituency gained special importance due to a majority of female voters and inclusion of new areas after implementation of the five-constituency system, political analysts said.
The third constituency comprises 15 residential areas which are Kaifan, Rawda, Jabriah, Odailiyah, Al-Surra, Al-Khaldiah, Qurtoba, Al-Yarmuk, Khaitan and Khaitan Al-Jadeeda, Al-Zahara’a, Heteen, Al-Salam and Al-Shuhada’a.
In terms of average age of the contenders, it is widely branded “the constituency of the veterans,” with 29 candidates out of the 65 nominees aged 50 and above, 44 percent of the constituency’s overall number of contenders. Twenty-five candidates are aged between 40-49, 38,4 percent, and 11 candidate are between 30-39, 16.9 percent.
The third constituency used to cover five electoral districts in the parliamentary elections in 2006, comprising the 7th, 9th, 10th, 11th, and 14th constituencies.
These constituencies had included 72 candidates, constituting 17.9 percent out of 402, the overall number of the candidates until end of regisatration, June 3, 2006.
The age group between 40-49 had the lion’s share in the 2006 parliamentary election with 29 candidates, 40.2 percent. Candidates in their 50s, 27, constituted 37,5 percent, while 16 candidates aged 30-39 occupied a proportion of only 22.2 percent.
Back to the upcoming polls, up to 44 candidates in the third constituency are university and higher academic degree holders, making 67.7 percent, and followed by 12 with diplomas, 18.4 percent. Seven candidates hold high school certificates, at 10.7 percent, and two hold secondary certificates, three percent.
Holders of PhDs are 15 candidates, in various scientific fields, and five hold Master’s degrees, 11.3 percent of the whole number of the nominees — namely in Business Administration.
Bachelor’s holders were 24 candidates, 54.5 percent.
As to the female candidates’ educational qualifications, more than three candidates out of 12 hold PhD degree’s along with four university graduates and five with diplomas.
In the parliamentary elections of 2006, the third constituency came in first place in terms of higher academic qualifications with 48 candidates with university degrees, making 66 percent, 13 with diplomas, and 11 with high school and secondary school certificates.
As for female candidates in the 2006 elections, two were PhD holders, ten had Bachelors degrees and three had diplomas.
The third constituency comprises 15 residential areas with 58,674 voters, including 33,056 women.