Kuwait

National Assembly

Election results

Data on parliamentary elections, including the background, candidates, voter turnout, results and the formation of the new legislature. By default the latest election results are displayed. Select a date to view results from previous elections

Background

Election date(s) The date when elections started and ended for directly or indirectly elected parliaments/chambers. The date of appointments for appointed parliaments/chambers.
05.12.2020
Timing of election Timing of election: Upon normal expiry; Early elections; Delayed elections
Upon normal expiry
Expected date of next elections The expected date at which the next elections should take place, based on law or practice.
31.12.2024
Number of seats at stake Number of seats contested at the elections. Where the parliament/chamber is fully renewed, this number is usually identical to the statutory number of members. Where the parliament/chamber is partially renewed or appointed, the number of seats at stake is usually less than the total number of members.
50
Scope of elections Scope of elections: Full renewal; Partial renewal.
Full renewal

Voter turnout

Registration Number of people registered to vote
567,694

Results

About the election Short description of the context and results of the election.
The 2020 elections were the first to be held under the rule of the new Emir, Sheikh Nawaf al Ahmed Al Sabah. He acceded to the throne following the passing of Emir Sheikh Sabah al Ahmed Al Sabah in September 2020. The elections were held amid the COVID-19 pandemic, which restricted election campaigning. Many candidates focused on political reform, corruption and the education system. Although a record 33 women stood for election (up from 14 in 2016), none were elected. There were 50 seats at stake, and 31 of the winning candidates were elected for the first time Twenty four seats went to candidates leaning towards the opposition, up from 16 in the previous legislature.

On 8 December, the new Emir re-appointed Sheikh Sabah al-Khalid Al Sabah as Prime Minister. On 14 December, a new 16-member Cabinet was sworn in (see note). On 15 December, the 65-member National Assembly re-elected Mr. Marzouq al Ghanim as its Speaker.

Note:
While the number of Cabinet ministers may not exceed one third (currently 16) of the number of elected members of the National Assembly, at least one Cabinet minister must be a member of the Assembly. And although Cabinet ministers sit as ex officio members of the Assembly,* it is not possible to serve simultaneously in the Cabinet and as an elected MP. Therefore the number of elected MPs will decrease by the same number of MPs appointed to the Cabinet.
The 16-member Cabinet formed in December 2020 includes one elected member. The National Assembly thus comprises 49 directly elected members and 16 Cabinet members, including one woman. Therefore, the Assembly has a total of 65 members.
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* Cabinet ministers sitting as ex officio National Assembly members can vote at the Assembly, except in votes of confidence.
Alternation of power after elections The results of the elections caused a change in the government. "Not applicable" to countries using the presidential system when parliamentary and presidential elections are held separately, to countries in political transition or where there is no party system.
No
Note on the alternation of power
Monarchy
Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
50
Number of women elected
0
Percentage of women elected The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women elected in the election and the number of seats at stake at the election.
0%
Sources
National Assembly (17.12.2020)
Permanent Mission of the State of Kuwait to the United Nations in Geneva (16.12.2020)
BBC
https://gulfnews.com/
https://www.aljazeera.com/
Women Directly Elected
0
Women Other
1

New legislature

Total number of men after the election The total number of male parliamentarians in this parliament/chamber following the election or renewal, regardless of their modes of designation.
64
Total number of women after the election The total number of female parliamentarians in this parliament/chamber following the election or renewal, regardless of their modes of designation.
1
Date of the first session The date when the newly elected parliament/chamber was convened for the first time. It may be different from the date when members were sworn in.
15.12.2020
First Speaker of the new legislature
First Speaker of the new legislature First name of the Speaker of the new legislature following the election or renewal.
Marzouq Ali M. Al-Ghanim (Male)
Date of election
15.12.2020