MUSCAT: In the second local election held by Gulf sultanate, seven women were elected to Oman municipal councils, according to the vote results announced on Monday by the interior minister.
Voters went to the polls on Sunday to choose 202 councillors for 11 municipalities from 731 candidates including country’s capital Muscat.
There were 23 female candidates from which seven won on local councils. Previously there was only four woman won the local election.
Oman is the first Gulf monarchy to give woman right to vote in 1994. In 2011, Sultan Qaboos whose reign spread over 40 years, decreed that election would be held for municipal council.
In the recent years, Oman has taken steps towards the reforms though the political parties remained banned.
In Oman, Councilors who served for four years have limited power to designate the chairman and deputy chairman for the municipalities.
According to the interior minister, there are 39.85 percent registered voters cast their ballot of the 623,224.
By the statistics, Oman has 4.5 million population out of which 46 percent of country’s population is comprised with foreigners.