Kuwaiti voters went to the polls on Monday (27 January) to elect their fourth National Assembly.
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Background: Kuwaiti voters went to the polls on Monday (27 January) to elect their fourth National Assembly. A total of 258 candidates were standing for the 50 seats in the Assembly.
The country is divided into ten constituencies, each returning five Assembly members.
Kuwaiti Interior and Defence Minister Sheikh Sa'ad Al-Abdallah As-Salem As-Sabah toured various polling centres and later reported that there had been no disorders during the voting.
The campaign leading up to the election produced some unorthodox tactics. Some candidates slaughtered sheep and cooked them at their meetings -- hoping to entice supporters with the prospect of a good meal. And some local press reports alleged substantial gifts, such as colour television sets, had changed hands.
But political experts were forecasting that the majority of the outgoing members would retain their seats in the Assembly.