The Saudi cabinet has taken a bold step into women rights in the country by allowing them to contest and vote in the municipal elections which will be held in next year.
Though some sections were thinking about women’s participation as a candidate would be allowed before the last elections which were held in 2011 but the women were not allowed to participate at that time.
However, King Abdullah had suggested that women would be given green signal for vote and contest the election from the 2015 election onwards.
The fresh decision to allow women to contest the elections is a fulfillment of that promise.
Now, according to law, the both men and women will enjoy the right to stand as candidate, vote and nominate other candidates.
However, the campaigning process to urge voter for casting vote is yet not clear as the conventional ways of door to door campaigning or rallying seems to be difficult to practice by women in the deeply conservative society. The municipal and rural affairs minister will work out to determine the size and make up of councils.
As per rules, these should not exceed 30 members, with two thirds elected and a third appointed by the minister.