Cabinet approves female participation in next elections
July 21, 2013
The Council of Ministers, under the chairmanship of Crown Prince Salman bin Sultan, approved new municipal council election regulations. The new regulations extends voting rights and eligibility as candidates to female citizens. The new regulations are in line with the announcement made by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz September 25, 2011 which grants women the right to vote and run in municipal elections. The new elections regulations also allows independent national non-governmental organizations the right to monitor elections to guarantee transparency and fairness.