Suffrage

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Suffrage

The right to vote at public elections.

SUFFRAGE, government. Vote; the act of voting.
     2. The right of suffrage is given by the constitution of the United States, art. 1, s. 2, to the electors in each state, as shall have the qualifications requisite for electors of the most numerous branch of the state legislature. Vide 2 Story on the Const. Sec. 578, et seq.; Amer. Citiz. 201; 1 Bl. Com. 171; 2 Wils. Lect. 130; Montesq. Esp. des Lois, Ii v. 11, c. 6; 1 Tucker's Bl. Com. App. 52, 3. See Division of opinion.

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Bin Shabib expressed the hope that the Rulers of the Emirates "will extend the political franchise to the largest possible section of citizens in this year's polls, so that in a short period of time the majority of the population in each emirate will be eligible to vote and run for elections".
Ali Majid Al Matroushi, a former representative from Ajman, said the political franchise should be extended to all eligible citizens in keeping with the Presidential Decree.
Meanwhile a growing number of Africans in the Transvaal's countryside would have been able to qualify for the political franchise under the Cape formula.
(30.) Despite the failure of Boer and British military leaders to forge a lasting peace during the Middelburg Conference of January-March 1901, J.B.M Hertzog and Jan Smuts did get the British to commit to a settlement of the question of the political franchise for adult male Africans after an elected white government was in place rather than before.
KUWAIT, May 15 (KUNA) -- Kuwaiti women celebrate on Saturday attaining their political franchise on May 16, 2005, when the National Assembly headquarters witnessed a historic session with 35 MPs blessing amendment of the electoral law's first article, thus granting them the right to vote and run for polls.
As to reported arrest of some people, he said the arrestees tried to ban other citizens from practicing their political franchise. "Those who oppose have the right to stay home and abstain from voting however they have no right to bar others from doing so," he said.
Al-Khaldi said issues such as combating anti-women violence, political franchise and civil rights, solidifying social status are among major causes that have been adopted by the commission, making achievements in these sectors particularly with enacting of legislations intended to safeguard such rights.
In May 2005, the Kuwaiti women gained political franchise, occupying seats in the Parliament and the Municipality.
2006 -- Kuwaiti women began, for the first time in the history of the country, practicing right of political franchise. Two female candidates, Jenan Bou-shehri and Khaledah Al-Khedher, competed, along with six male candidates, for a single seat in the Municipal Council in by-elections.
Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad also worked for development and modernization of Kuwait, thus during his reign, the Civil Service Commission was established, in 1978, and Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC), was also founded, in 1980 The late leader was staunch supporter of women political franchise. In 1999, Sheikh Jaber issued an Amiri Decree granting women full political rights.
With time, the status of the Kuwaiti women significantly improved, and now women serve as ministers, directors, enjoy political franchise and occupy various senior posts.