At least four women were elected to local authorities at a meeting held on December 12 in Saudi Arabia’s municipal elections. The vote was the first in which women could participate as voters and as candidates.
Two women held in the councils on the territory of the governorship of Ihsaa and one each in the provinces of Mecca and Genesis days. The election Commission called the name of the candidate elected in the suburbs of Mecca Madraka: Salma bint al Hisab-Otaibi, reports «al Jazeera».
The voter turnout was only 25%. Experts attribute this to the fact that the elections in the Kingdom are only for the third time. The local councils are only consultative in nature, and the highest Advisory body of the Kingdom, Shura, not elected but appointed by the king.
For election put 5.938 men and 978 women. As voters registered 130.000 women and men 1.350.000. While women candidates could not appeal to the voters-the men directly behind them agitated men, BBC reports.
Women’s suffrage gave, the king Abdullah. In July 2014 Saudi Ministers approved the proposal of the monarch. Conservative strata of Saudi Arabia remain opposed giving women voting rights, arguing that their place is at home and not in politics.