Monitor campaign funds says coalition

Dr. Ahmed Alkhuzaie - Gulf Daily News

Dr. Ahmed Alkhuzaie – Gulf Daily News

By RAJI UNNIKRISHNAN , Posted on » Saturday, October 18, 2014

A NEW coalition of leading civil societies that will oversee next month’s national polls has called for election authorities to monitor campaign spending.

The Integrity Coalition for Election Observation (ICEO) wants candidates to have a separate bank account for their campaigns to regulate sources of funding and prevent electoral fraud.

ICEO comprises the Bahrain Human Rights Watch Society, the Bahrain Jurists Society, the Karama Human Rights Society and the Bahrain Free Labour Union Federation (Al Hurr).

ICEO spokesman Dr Ahmed Alkhuzaie, an independent political consultant ‘Žbased in Washington, said the group has presented its proposal to the High Elections Committee (HCE).

‘We will be observing the whole electoral process and based on our analysis will put forward suggestions that would benefit Bahrain,’ he told the GDN.

‘We have initiated our activities and as a first suggestion, we have urged the HCE to ensure that each candidate ‘“ parliament and municipal council ‘“ has a separate bank account, different from their personal account.

‘The candidates must submit a cleared or ratified account statement to the HCE at the end of the elections, which would give a clear picture about the finances of the candidates.

‘This helps the authorities to monitor the source of funding and is a proof for the amount that he or she spent at the polls.

‘This move will also help in creating equality among candidates, irrespective of their financial status, and to a great extend will curb bribing and cashing on votes.’

Dr Al Khuzaie, who is also political consultancy firm Khuzaie Associates managing director, said candidates should be held legally accountable if they do not provide bank statements.

‘On failing to submit a ‘cleared account’, there should be a legal action, which could put a winning candidate’s position at stake, paving way for the next candidate to be taken in,’ he added.

ICEO presented another proposal to set up a framework for volunteers who support candidates.

‘These volunteers, some are paid and some claim that they are doing it on their own, either way it has to be monitored,’ said Dr Alkhuzaie.

‘At the end of the day, volunteers should be doing a service and not a paid job.’

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Falling Higher

The sands of time are muddy

with thoughts so bloody

when you try so hard to be somebody

and all those around you are just plain snobby

just stand up and do it, buddy

for no one else will be there for you; when you are on the floor; acting so damn silly

Dr. Ahmed Alkhuzaie











You are my creed
You are more than weed
You are the one that always made me heed

You’re like a tweed, sweeter than a sugar cane, tastier than melon, mellower than a pint o’ Mead

With a heart as big as heavens itself, attitude hotter than hell, when you make me plead

Longing for you; when the night is young; even when it’s done;
Come here in my arms; back to me to where you belong; where you exist, and to where you will always be pleased…

Dr. Ahmed Alkhuzaie

Proportional encounters

Life is full of contradictions; whether we like it or not… There’s always the big and there’s the small; there’s the high and surely the low…  yet what really amazes me are the double standards…Yes, the fact that it’s alright for someone to think or to do something; yet it is not for someone else…   That happens when people really think high of themselves; I mean higher than they should think… Logically, the intolerable initiative  that it’s OK for to insult B, but it’s NOT OK for B to insult A. Of course, B and A can be replaced with many different races, religions, etc.

We are thoughtful drivers, others in traffic are mere jerks; or; Men are Jerks, Women are victims; and my favorite; females checking a man’s butt is acceptable, males doing the same will be labeled as pigs! Men having females friends are out of the line; women sleep with their exes is insecurity! apparently it’s a never ending list, and sometimes it’s better to let go… not to go coco.

Imagine a girl approaches you and says that her friend would like to meet you (what is more thrilling than that)? On the other hand, if your male friend approaches a girl and tells her that you want to meet her, she might just be turned off by your lack of confidence and lack of ability to approach her directly by yourself.

When Joseph Stalin said “One death is a tragedy; one million is a statistic” he was talking about the two types of people in life; leaders and followers… to him cattle is just a number… even when I thought I could role that out of this equation; I failed… both are human beings; yet labeled once more!

When I thought I could discuss this; I proved myself wrong; it’s our nature I believe (to a certain degree), but sometimes with some it’s just too much… Yes, I agree a person should believe in himself and posses a high self esteem; but not to extreme degrees cause that’s not even arrogance; but a plain sickness.

So, stay healthy😉

No matter where we are; and no matter where we end up to be… it will always be five o’clock somewhere… despite the fact that we have time zones… Irony? or another contradiction?

Dr. Ahmed Alkhuzaie