At least 20 women elected in Saudi Arabia's municipal polls



    At least 20 women elected in Saudi Arabia's municipal polls

    Dec 14, Riyadh: At least 20 women have won seats in Saudi Arabia's municipal polls, the country's first-ever elections open to female voters and candidates, local news reports said.

    Salma bint Hizab al-Oteibi was elected to the council of Madrakah, a region in Mecca, the official SPA news agency reported, citing election commission president Osama al-Bar.

    According to Saudi officials, Saturday's municipal poll, which was hailed by many as historic, saw a turnout of about 47 percent.

    In Saudi Arabia, women are banned from driving and must cover themselves in public in the conservative kingdom, which was the world's last country to give its women the right to vote.

    The official results in the latest election were expected to be announced on Monday.

    More than 900 women ran for seats. They were up against nearly 6,000 men competing for places on 284 councils whose powers are restricted to local affairs including responsibility for streets, public gardens and rubbish collection, media reports said.

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