The Omani government has given voters six-days, starting from yesterday, to register themselves with the offices of the 59 wilayats (provinces) countrywide to elect the new Majlis Al Shura to its fourth three-year term, reported Emirati daily, Gulf News.
The daily quoted a ministry of interior’s statement that urged citizens to furnish identity papers at the delegated offices to register themselves and collect election cards. The number of voters has increased to 175,000, one fourth of the eligible population, from 51,000 three years ago.
According to the Omani law, a voter should be 21 years of age or older and have a sound character and good educational background.
The ministry has also asked citizens to exercise their voting right without favor and fear by rising above tribal loyalties. An interior ministry official told Gulf News yesterday that the final list of candidates was being prepared, and women candidates numbered 28, one less than the figure for the 1997 polls when only two were elected both from the Muscat Governorate.
Meanwhile, Ahmed bin Khalfan Al Rawahi, the minister of agriculture and fisheries, told the outgoing 82-member house that a draft law was being prepared to regulate pastures and animal husbandry as part of the campaign to boost agriculture. He also pointed out that existing laws on fishing were being revised -- Albawaba.com
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