Noticias

Candidates registration begins all over Kingdom

30 Ago 2015
Arabia Saudí
Fuente: 
Saudi Gazette

JEDDAH — The registration of candidates for the third municipal council elections scheduled for Dec. 12 started all over the Kingdom on Sunday and will continue for 17 days.

The registration had started in Makkah and Madinah a week earlier. For the first time in Saudi history, women were allowed to participate in the elections as voters and candidates in a move described by observers as an advanced step aimed at empowering Saudi women and involving them in the process of decision making.

Voter registration slow

25 Ago 2015
Arabia Saudí
Fuente: 
Saudi Gazette

JEDDAH — Despite more than 1,200 polling centers across the Kingdom open and ready to register voters for municipal elections, registration turnout has been slow, with some centers vacant except for the presence of some government employees.

In Jeddah, lukewarm voter turnout prompted Mayor Hani Abu Ras, head of the local elections committee, to call for intensified awareness campaigns urging citizens to register.

Female participation in election ‘to boost voter registration’

25 Ago 2015
Arabia Saudí
Fuente: 
Arab News

JEDDAH: The Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs has admitted that voter registration is still slow but clarified that this has nothing to do with the start of the new academic year.
Hamad Al-Omar, who heads the ministry’s media and public affairs department, was quoted as saying by a local publication on Monday that election stations open promptly at 4 p.m.

Civic polls: Tribal loyalty dominates Hafr Al-Baten

24 Ago 2015
Arabia Saudí
Fuente: 
Arab News

JEDDAH: Tribal politics has once again come into play in Hafr Al-Baten in the Eastern Province, with the city witnessing “primaries” to choose a common candidate, local media reported Sunday.
Lobbying for common candidates reportedly started in the month of Ramadan, although such practice is banned by the Interior Ministry.
Social networking sites such as Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp raged with campaigns to form tribal blocs to choose potential candidates for the Dec. 12 municipal elections.

Saudis sign up to vote in Dec. 12 elections

22 Ago 2015
Arabia Saudí
Fuente: 
Saudi Gazette

RIYADH — Citizens all over the Kingdom except the two holy cities of Makkah and Madinah on Saturday started registering to vote in the nationwide municipal council elections in December.

A source from the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs said the registration process would continue for 21 days. Candidate registration will start on Aug. 30 in all regions except in Makkah and Madinah, where the process will begin on Sunday.

Women are registering to vote in the elections for the first time in the history of Saudi Arabia.

Civic poll campaigns aren't cheap

21 Ago 2015
Arabia Saudí
Fuente: 
Arab News

JEDDAH: Candidates standing in the upcoming municipal council elections would have to spend considerable amounts on campaigning to get elected, with a spot as chairperson likely to cost between SR10,000 and SR2 million, according to a report in a local publication on Thursday.
The reason candidates are likely to spend more is that there would be intense competition for places now that councils would have a great deal more powers than in the past, the report said.

Poll regulations bar gender mixing, says top official

14 Ago 2015
Arabia Saudí
Fuente: 
Arab News

JEDDAH: Abdullah Al-Mansour, deputy secretary-general for municipal council affairs at the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs, said election regulations explicitly prohibit all forms of mixing between men and women, be they candidates or voters.
He said regulations stipulate separate electoral centers for male and female voters. Male candidates can address female voters at the women’s centers through audio circuit or CCTV, while female candidates can address voters at the men’s centers through closed audio circuit. 

Municipal poll chief asks candidates to follow code of conduct

12 Ago 2015
Arabia Saudí
Fuente: 
Arab News

JEDDAH: Candidates contesting the municipal elections have been asked to strictly abide by the code of conduct for organizing poll campaigns.
The move comes from Municipal and Rural Affairs Minister Abdul Lateef Al-Asheikh, who also heads the General Committee for the Municipal Elections.
In a circular, he stressed the importance of following the rules and regulations, from the time they submit an application for seeking a license to organize campaigns.
The campaigns can be launched within 15 days of the date of announcement of the list of candidates.

Registration of voters in Makkah from Sunday

12 Ago 2015
Arabia Saudí
Fuente: 
Saudi Gazette

MAKKAH — The registration of voters for the third municipal elections will begin in Makkah on Sunday, according to Mayor Osama Albar, who is the chairman of the province's local committee for elections.

He said the registration of candidates who will contest the elections will begin on Aug. 30.

Albar said the General Committee for the Elections has agreed to advance the registration of voters in Makkah due to the holy city's special circumstances stemming from the large number of people coming for the annual Haj.

Ministry suspends Baladi Initiative, sparks debate

09 Ago 2015
Arabia Saudí
Fuente: 
Arab News

JEDDAH: The Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs has suspended the Baladi Initiative, triggering a debate as some commercial establishments have already started training workshops and seminars for females in view of the forthcoming civic polls and many are about to launch the same.
A local publication on Saturday said, quoting sources, that the ministry may be planning to organize these courses itself to ensure that they are not used for commercial purposes.

Voter registration a must: Hail official

06 Ago 2015
Arabia Saudí
Fuente: 
Arab News

HAIL: The local election committee in Hail has revealed that voter registration is a pre-condition to cast the ballot, while emphasizing on enrolling themselves in the voter registry, which begins on Aug. 22 and continues for 21 days. 
Saad Al-Thuweini of the media directorate in Hail municipality said that a voting register will be allocated to both men and women in election centers, saying that every citizen is eligible to vote if he or she aged above 18 years. 

One-year jail, SR50,000 fine for buying votes

06 Ago 2015
Arabia Saudí
Fuente: 
Arab News

JEDDAH: In its bid to make the polls fair and transparent, the executive committee for elections of municipal councils has announced that anyone found buying votes will have to serve one year in prison or pay a SR50,000 fine or both, according to a report in the local media.
Jadee bin Nahar Al-Qahtani, president of the executive committee, said elaborate arrangements have been made to ensure a fair and smooth election process.

Arabia Saudí convoca a las mujeres por primera vez a unas elecciones

01 Mayo 2015
Arabia Saudí
Fuente: 
El País Internacional

Arabia Saudí celebrará sus próximas elecciones municipales después del Ramadán, en el mes islámico de dhul qada que va del 16 de agosto al 13 de septiembre, según anuncia este viernes la prensa local. Serán las primeras en las que las mujeres podrán ejercer el derecho al voto. Aunque los consejos municipales carecen de poder político, el mero gesto en medio de la actual remodelación en la cúpula del poder busca transmitir seguridad.

Saudi Arabia: Women take step closer to municipal elections

19 Feb 2014
Arabia Saudí
Fuente: 
Asharq al-Awsat

Saudi women will be able to stand and vote in the municipal elections scheduled for next year, the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs confirmed in a statement on Tuesday.

Saudi Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs Prince Mansour Bin Miteb confirmed that “women have the right to contest the elections just like men, without facing any discrimination,” adding that Saudi women will also be issued campaign permits.

Recent reports claim that up to 22 women are expected to contest next year’s municipal council elections.

GCC members moving from cooperation to integration

28 Nov 2013
Bahréin
Kuwait
Omán
Qatar
Arabia Saudí
Emiratos Árabes Unidos
Fuente: 
Kuwait Times

KUWAIT: Gulf Cooperation Council parliament and Shura council chiefs have come up with a number of joint recommendations at the end of a meeting in Kuwait yesterday. They decided that Kuwait will host a conference of the committee of parliament chiefs on GCC economic integration in 2014, while Kuwait’s National Assembly will also be responsible for organizing a trip involving the regional group to the US Congress.

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