Oman’s elections, important event in expanding people’s partnership [Archives:2003/676/Local News]

October 13 2003

Yasser Mohammed Al-Mayyasi
Sana'a, 12 Oct._ The Omani ambassador to Yemen Abdulla Ahmed al-Badi confirmed in a statement to Yemen Times on Sunday that elections of the Omani 5th Shoura Council had been held in calm and safe atmospheres and were highly organised. He added the elections were honest and fair and characterized by participation of all Omani citizens at eligible age of 21 years.
Mr Al-Badi also said the Omani elections represented a significant stage in the activation of large-scale people's participation as it is the basis for realisation of national goals, stressing the elections also were characterized by large participation of the Omani woman who receive special care from the Sultan Qaboos of Oman. The Omani woman was given in those elections full opportunity for taking part in the event without restricting them to certain percentage and that is in appreciation of her role in construction and development in Oman.
The Omani ambassador also affirmed that the Omani 5th Shoura Council that would begin its session beginning of the year 2004, would take Oman into a new stage of democracy where opportunities are available to all of the Omanis.
The number of voters who took part in the latest elections was 821.969 out of the Omani people of one million and 960 thousand people.