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9 Facts You've Got To Know About Women Voting In Saudi Arabia

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By Aabiya Noman Baqai

  • Women can now run, vote and manage campaigns in council elections.
  • In 2011, the election took place, and during the same year legislation was passed allowing women to vote and run for office by 2015.
  • King Abdullah issued a royal decree in 2013 mandating the Consultative Council, a royally appointed body that advises the King, be at least 20% women.
  • A third of the 1,263 voting centers are being set aside for female voters.
  • 70 women are looking to run as candidates at the municipal elections.
  • 80 women have registered as campaign managers for these elections.
  • Decisions include approving annual budgets, suggesting planning regulations, and overseeing urban and development projects.
  • Jamal Al-Saadi and Safinaz Abu Al-Shamat became the first two women to register as voters for the upcoming third municipal elections in Madinah and Makkah respectively.
  • The youngest woman to register so far was Aliyah Al-Diais, who just turned 18.

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