2005 News Story

Riyadh’s polling centers close after municipal elections

  Riyadh voters February 10, 2005 (photo courtesy of Arab News)
 The 140 polling centers in Riyadh Province have closed, after a good turnout of those registered to vote for half of the members of each of the province’s 38 municipal councils. Counting of the votes for the 104 seats, seven of them in the City of Riyadh itself, began immediately. Final results are scheduled to be announced on Saturday, February 12, 2005.

Voting went smoothly, according to the committee monitoring the elections, and no violations were reported that could nullify any of the polling. This committee, chaired by Dr. Bandar bin Mohammed Al-Hajjar, consists of representatives from a number of independent bodies such as the National Human Rights Association, the Bar Association, the Journalists’ Association, the Media and Communications Society, the Geographical Society, the Saudi Economists Society, and the Saudi Accountants Association.

The number of voters registered in Riyadh Province is about 150,000, of whom 86,000 are in the City of Riyadh. There are 1,818 candidates, 646 of them in Riyadh City. Polling centers were open today from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.