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Only 16 female voters registered in Saudi municipal elections

Female voters registered in the first municipal elections in Saudi Arabia in which women can stand for office and vote. (Photo courtesy: Saudi Gazette)

Only 16 female voters registered in the first municipal elections in Saudi Arabia in which women can stand for office and vote.

The 16 female voters for the council elections were registrated in the governorates of Farasan Island, Al-Darb and Dhamad in Jazan region.

Shaha Muhammad Asiri, chairperson of the women’s election circuit in Al-Darb, said only five female voters registered during the past days due to difficult conditions and lack of awareness on elections among women.

In Farasan Island, female voters registration center registered six voters and Dhamad governorate registered four female voters.

Official voter registration began on August 22, and candidate registration began on August 30. Both days mark women’s first participation in Saudi Arabia, leading up to elections in December.

The elections will be the first opportunity for women to vote, made possible by a 2011 order by the now deceased King Abdullah that granted women opportunities for political participation.

According to Arab News, an estimated 70 women are planning to register as candidates and 80 as campaign managers.

(With Saudi Gazette)

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Last Update: Sunday, 30 August 2015 KSA 12:48 - GMT 09:48
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