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


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.
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.
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.
Scope of elections Scope of elections: Full renewal; Partial renewal.
Full renewal


Total number of candidates Total number of people who registered as candidates for election. Does not include people who stood as candidates to become "substitute members".
Number of male candidates Number of male candidates
Number of female candidates Number of female candidates
Percentage of women candidates The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women candidates by the total number of candidates.

Voter turnout

Registration Number of people registered to vote


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.

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 decreases by the same number of MPs appointed to the Cabinet.
The 16-member Cabinet formed in December 2020 included one elected member. The National Assembly thus comprised 49 directly elected members and 16 Cabinet members, including one woman. Therefore, the Assembly had a total of 65 members.
A new Cabinet sworn in in March 2021 also comprised 16 Cabinet members including one elected member and one woman. The National Assembly therefore comprised a total of 65 members including one woman.
A new 16-member Cabinet formed in December 2021 included four elected members and one woman. The total number of members in the National Assembly has thus decreased from 65 to 62 members (including one woman): 46 directly elected members and 16 Cabinet members.
* 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.
Note on the alternation of power
Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
Number of women elected
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.
National Assembly (17.12.2020, 24.01.2021, 23.01.2022)
Permanent Mission of the State of Kuwait to the United Nations in Geneva (16.12.2020)
Women Directly Elected
Women Other

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.
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.
First-term parliamentarians The number of members who are assuming their parliamentary mandate for the first time following the election or renewal, regardless of their mode of designation.
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.
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