Abstract:

This field study aims to survey voters’ attitudes in Kuwaiti society toward the electoral system in effect since 2012, which known in Kuwait as the (one-vote system). The study sample included (426 male and female voters) of Kuwaiti citizens. The study revealed that 83.8% of the respondents believe that the electoral system (the one-vote system) should be amended. In addition, 81.2% of the respondents do not agree that the electoral system (the one-vote system) contributed to eliminating factional intolerance tendencies and manifestations of sectarian and tribal polarization in Kuwaiti society. While 69.9% of the study sample did not agree that, the electoral system (one-vote system) contributed to achieving balanced representation for all segments and categories of Kuwaiti society. In addition, 70.1% of the study sample disagreed that this electoral system led to the elimination of factional and tribal monopoly in electoral districts. While 70.9% of the study sample believe that, the electoral system (the one-vote system) has led to the weakening of the elements of national unity and the fragmentation of Kuwaiti society. On the other hand, 85.2% of the study sample do not agree that the electoral system (the one-vote system) contributed to eliminating negative phenomena in the electoral process such as vote buying and by-elections.

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