Historic victory for women in Bahrain’s elections

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Saudi Arabia – Ayman Al-Wash – Bahraini women achieved historic success in parliamentary elections held over the past few days and announced their final results after a runoff with a total of 8 female deputies winning. 40 Members of Parliament, for the first time, march in Bahrain.

The results showed a significant change in the composition of parliament, reaching 82% with the arrival of 33 new MPs, and independents continuing to control parliament with the arrival of 36 independent MPs, compared to 90% of its members. Only 4 members of political society.

Parliamentary and municipal elections were held in Bahrain on November 12, the main voting day, and during runoffs on November 19, 40 members of the House of Representatives and 30 members of the Municipal Council were elected. Women reached Parliament. Country, and 3 women won in municipal election results.

Resignation of Govt

According to Article 33 of the Bahraini constitution, which requires the re-establishment of the government at the beginning of each legislative term, the government is expected to submit its resignation and the country’s monarch, King Hamad bin Isa Al. Khalifa will hand over the formation of the new government to his Crown Prince, Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa.

These are the first elections since Bahrain’s Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa took over as prime minister two years ago, and all previous elections were held in Bahrain when the government was headed by Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, who died in November. 2020, the culmination of a journey of complete dedication, during which he spent nearly 7 decades of his life serving his country, including 49 years as Prime Minister of Bahrain in August 1971.

During the first election process after assuming the office of Prime Minister, Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa tasked the ministries and government agencies to build all capacities and provide all facilities to facilitate the conduct of the election process for the upcoming parliamentary elections. voter

Bahrain, under the leadership of King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and with the support and support of Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince and Prime Minister, used all its capabilities to ensure the success of the electoral process with integrity and transparency.

highest post

Recent Bahraini elections saw the highest participation rate, as the percentage in the first round of parliamentary and municipal elections reached 73.18%, the highest percentage since the first elections began in 2002.

In the parliamentary and municipal elections that ended on Saturday, 507 candidates contested, including 94 women, the highest number recorded in the history of Bahrain’s Democratic Front and more than the number recorded in all previous election cycles. 334 candidates, including 74 women won 8 in the Sixth Legislative Assembly elections, while 173 candidates, including 20 women, participated in the municipal elections, of which 3 won. It shows a degree of trust and determination to actively participate in strengthening reform projects by constitutional institutions. Effective participation. A path of continuous progress for a better present and future for all the people of the country, embodying the highest principles on which the Charter of National Action laid its foundations.

Sixth election

The 2022 parliamentary and municipal elections are the country’s sixth and hold special significance as two decades have passed since the first parliamentary and municipal elections. From the first day he assumed power in 1999.

Since those elections, Bahrain has witnessed 5 election cycles held every 4 years, in the years 2006, 2010, 2014 and 2018.

The legislative authority in Bahrain consists of the House of Representatives and the Shura Council, and elections are held to elect the House of Representatives (40 members), while the members of the Shura Council (40 members) are appointed by royal decree. , and the two councils together form the “National Council”, which meets to discuss common issues between or in dispute between the two councils.

The parliament in Bahrain exercises a number of supervisory and legislative roles and powers, including drafting, proposing, debating and approving laws, monitoring the actions of the executive authority (government), and holding political responsibility, individual or joint, for violations and abuses. action

Terms of Reference Conference

The term of office of the House of Representatives shall be 4 Gregorian years from the date of its first meeting and elections to the new House shall be held during the last 4 months of that term.

The functions of municipal councils are to propose public health regulations in coordination with the competent authorities, to work to protect the environment from pollution in coordination with the relevant authorities of the state, to prescribe regulations for advertising and non-advertisement, to propose their fees and to fix their controls.

Their powers are to prescribe requirements and regulations for public, commercial and industrial shops and peddlers in coordination with competent authorities, to propose naming of cities, localities, villages, suburbs, roads etc. in coordination with competent ministers and to investigate complaints. Follow-up with citizens and residents and competent authorities on matters falling within the Council’s purview.

Bahrain Parliamentary Elections

  • 334 ran for 40 seats
  • The candidates include 74 women
  • 73% participation rate
  • 32 men won the election
  • 8 women won their seats

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