Turnout is expected to be low in sweltering summer temperatures during the Muslim fasting month of Ramzan, and as Kuwaitis become more disillusioned with voting in short-lived parliaments.
               
The oil-producing US ally has the most open political system in the Gulf Arab region. While, it has witnessed sizeable street protests in the past two years over local issues, its generous welfare system and relative tolerance of political dissent have helped to shield it from Arab Spring-style unrest.
               
But parliaments have been dissolved time and again, usually for getting too bold in challenging ministers. The snap election was triggered by a ruling from the top court in June, which said that the process leading up to the last one in December was legally flawed.
               
"People are fed up of electing parliaments, especially if the constitutional court upends them," said Abdullah al-Shayji, chairman of the political science department at Kuwait University.
                              
The mainly Islamist and populist opposition is boycotting in protest against a new voting system announced last October, which cut the number of votes per citizen to one from four, and which it says would prevent it forming a majority in parliament.

(Agencies)

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