Kuwaiti Constitutional Convention election, 1961

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Constitutional Convention elections were held in Kuwait on 30 December 1961,[1] having originally been planned for 1 November.[2] It was the country's first-ever election,[1] and elected a body responsible for drawing up a constitution.[2] Around 40,000 men were eligible to vote,[1] with turnout of registered voters at 90.0%.[3] A total of 74 candidates stood for the 20 elected seats.[1]


Party Votes % Seats
Merchants 10
Liberals 5
Tribal candidates 3
Shi'ite candidates 2
Nominated members - - 11
Invalid/blank votes - -
Total 10,159 100 31
Source: Nohlen et al.


  1. ^ a b c d "Kuwait Holds Its First Election", The Times, 30 December 1961, p12, Issue 55276
  2. ^ a b "The Reluctant Arab Force: Slow Progress On Plan For Kuwait" The Times, 29 August 1961, p6, Issue 55172
  3. ^ Nohlen, D, Grotz, F & Hartmann, C (2001) Elections in Asia: A data handbook, Volume I, p162 ISBN 0-19-924958-X