Tuesday, August 16

Woman elected in Saudi Arabia for first time in history


 

 

A Saudi woman has won a seat on a municipal court in the country’s first ever elections that were open to women voters and candidates for the first time in the country’s history.

Salma bint Hiab al-Oteibi won a seat in Madrakah, a region in Mecca, the official SPA news agency reporte.

It fiollows the kingdom’s decision earlier this year to lift its ban on women voters.

Ms Oteibi ran against two other women and seven men, the president of the election commission, Osama al-Bar, confirmed.

According to Saudi’s electoral commission, a total of 978 women registered as candidates, as well as 5,938 men.

It is also believed that 1.35 million men registered to vote, compared to 130,000 women.

The lack of female voters was attributed partly due to a lack of transport, as women are still not legally allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia.

This year’s election represents the third time in Saudi Arabia’s history that its people have turned out to vote.

Between 1965 and 2005 there were no elections.