Kuwaiti general election, December 2012
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In the elections, Shi'as won 17 out of 50 seats in the National Assembly, an increase from the seven won in the February elections. Sunni Islamists were reduced to a minority. Three women also entered the Parliament compared to men-only from the February election, but their number decreased compared to the 2009 election.
Turnout was officially reported to be 43%, the lowest in the Kuwaiti electoral history.
Six weeks before the elections, the electoral system was changed, with voters restricted to voting for a candidate, having previously been allowed to vote for four. The changes resulted in mass protests and an opposition boycott of the elections. Shafeeq Ghabra, professor at the Faculty of Political Sciences at Kuwait University said that, "it's clear that the boycott was very successful." The opposition rejected a unilateral amendment of the electoral law that reduced the number of votes per person from four to one.
|First||Kamel Mahmoud al-Awadhi||5,747||13.4||Elected|
|Adnan Zahid Abdulsamad||4,986||11.6||Elected|
|Faisal Saud Saleh Duwaisan||4,851||11.3||Elected|
|Yusuf Sayed Zalzalah||3,500||8.2||Elected|
|Hamid Abbas Hussein Dashti||2,723||6.4||Elected|
|Nawaf Suleiman al-Fezia||2,143||5.0||Elected|
|Khalid Hussain al-Shatti||1,902||4.4||Elected|
|Hussain Al-Qallaf Al-Bahrani||1,696||4.0||Elected|
|41 other candidates||9,830||22.9|
|Adnan Ibrahim al-Mutawa||2,608||9.9||Elected|
|Abdul Rahman al-Jiran||2,335||8.9||Elected|
|Badr Rashid Bathali||1,919||7.3||Elected|
|Adel Jarallah al-Kharafi||1,838||7.0||Elected|
|Khalil Ibrahim Saleh||1,485||5.7||Elected|
|Hamad Saif al-Hrchana||1,043||4.0||Elected|
|Salah Abdullatif al-Ateeqi||910||3.5||Elected|
|40 other candidates||7,857||30.0|
|Khalil Abdullah Ali Abdullah||3,887||10.1||Elected|
|Safa Abdulrahman al-Hashem||2,622||6.8||Elected|
|Saadoun Hammad Otaibi||2,159||5.6||Elected|
|Hisham Hussein al-Baghli||2,016||5.2||Elected|
|Abdullah Yusuf Rajab Mayouf||1,952||5.1||Elected|
|Nabil Nuri al-Fadl||1,883||4.9||Elected|
|Yacoub Mohsen al-Sahneh||1,381||3.6||Elected|
|Mohammed Nasser al-Jabri||1,250||3.2||Elected|
|50 other candidates||12,570||32.6|
|Saad al-Khanfour al-Rasheedi||2,469||8.0||Elected|
|Thekra Ayed al-Rashidi||1,282||4.1||Elected|
|Khaled Rifai Mohammed Al-Shuleyma||1,236||4.0||Elected|
|Mubarak Hamdan al-Orf||1,105||3.6||Elected|
|Mishari Zahir al-Husseini||1,101||3.6||Elected|
|Mubarak Saleh al-Nejadhu||1,085||3.5||Elected|
|56 other candidates||15,107||48.8|
|Fifth||Faisal Mohammed al-Kandari||3,570||14.3||Elected|
|Abdullah Ibrahim al-Tamimi||2,932||11.7||Elected|
|Nasser Abdel al-Marri||1,667||6.7||Elected|
|Hani Hussein Shams||1,666||6.7||Elected|
|Tahir Ali al-Failakawi||887||3.5||Elected|
|Hammad Hammad al-Dossari||882||3.5||Elected|
|Khaled Salem al-Ajmi||851||3.4||Elected|
|Saad Fahad al-Bous||791||3.2||Elected|
|Nasser Abdullah al-Shammari||519||2.1||Elected|
|70 other candidates||9,932||39.7|
|Source: Adam Carr|
In June 2013, the Constitutional Court ordered the dissolution of the National Assembly and the holding of fresh elections.
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