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Three Makkah residents first female politicians elected in Saudi Arabia
Sunday December 13, 2015 7:59 PM, Agencies



Makkah:
At least three women won municipal council seats in Makkah region during Saturday's election, the Saudi Electoral Commission said on Sunday.

A preliminary commission report carried by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) listed one of the women winners as Salma bint Hizab Al-Oteibi, who was elected to the council of Madrakah, a village north of the holy city of Makkah.

Election commission president Osama Al-Bar was quoted by SPA as saying Salma Al-Oteibi ran against seven men and two women.

Sabq online news site said that two women also won in Jeddah, which is part Makkah region. It identified the winners as Dr. Luma Al Sulaiman and Rasha Hifdhim.

Some 6,440 candidates, including more than 900 women, participated in the landmark election, the third ever in the kingdom.

Al Bar said the election in the region had been orderly and peaceful.

Results from Northern Borders Province and the South-Western province of Asir, the only others to have been announced, had no successful women candidates.

Municipal elections held in Saudi Arabia on Saturday in which women participated as voters and candidates for the first time. A total of 978 women had registered as candidates, alongside 5,938 men.

About 130,000 women had registered to vote, officials said. That figure still falls well short of male voter registration, which stands at 1.35 million.

The historic poll for 3,159 seats at 284 municipal councils across the Kingdom concluded peacefully on Saturday amid reports of moderate voter turnout, great enthusiasm, festive mood and high security.


 



 

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