RIYADH: On Tuesday Saudi Arabia has announced its plan to hold municipal elections next month after a two-year delay. Electoral commission chairman Abdul Rahman Al-Dahmash told that “First phase of voting will be conducted on April 23, 2011”.
Al-Dahmash said Municipal and Rural Affairs Minister Prince Mansour bin Miteb set up the electoral commission to supervise elections in all parts of the Kingdom. It would implement all the election strategies and remove obstacles he added.
He said “The commission has been given the mandate to take necessary measures to make the election a success,” Prince Mansour has also approved the formation of an executive committee under the chairmanship of Jedaie Al-Qahtani.
First elections ever held under the Saudi Arabia was the municipal elections in 2005. Half the seats are elected while the rest are appointed
The government said in 2009 it was delaying the election for two years to explore the possibility of allowing women to vote.