2005 News Story

Preparations under way for third phase of municipal elections

Chairman of the Committee for Municipal Elections Prince Mansour bin Meteb bin Abdulaziz held an open meeting in Makkah yesterday to address queries on the third phase of the municipal elections, for provinces in the west and north of the country. He reiterated the concern for fairness and transparency, and said his meetings with election committees in cities such as Hail, Tabuk and Jouf had shown that the first stage of the registration of electors had witnessed a remarkable success. The registration rate in Jeddah, for example, was higher than expected, and he expressed the hope that the percentage actually voting would equal the 70 percent or more recorded in the first and second phases of the nationwide election process.