The Qatar Shura Council Election Surveillance Committee announced the results of the elections this Saturday, the first in the country after years of postponement since the ratification of the new Constitution in 2004.
In the elections, a total of 233 candidates, including 26 women, although none of them were elected to be members of the council, according to the newspaper “Gulf Times”.
In the elections, 30 members of the council with 45 seats were elected. Emir Tamim bin Hamad al Zani, who announced the vote last November, will vote for the remaining 15.
According to the Supervisory Committee, the turnout was 63.5 percent, but this does not include a large number of nationalized citizens who are denied the right to vote by the country.
The elections were an attempt to integrate Qatar into democratic life, but were constrained by the influence of the emir and its restricted voter registration process.
In connection with this, there were minor protests in August, mainly by members of the semi-nomadic Al Murra tribe affected by this citizenship election law, and at least 15 people were arrested, according to the NGO Human Rights Watch.
The Shura Council is an advisory and legislative body established in 1972 and is responsible for approving, rejecting and issuing general government guidelines and bills, as well as for overseeing the state budget.