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Prime Minister urges citizens to register to vote in Shura Council elections

  • Jul 29, 2021
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Prime Minister and Minister of Interior HE Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani has urged citizens to get registered to vote in the upcoming Shura Council elections.
"By issuing a law on the electoral system for the Shura Council, we call on our citizens to register in the voter registration starting from August 1 to ensure a broad participation befitting this historic entitlement, which establishes a new stage of Qatari citizen participation in public affairs, and his contribution to making the future and prosperity of his country," the Prime Minister said in a tweet on Thursday.
Qatar will hold an election for its Shura Council in October 2021. The vote will be for 30 members, of the 45-seat Shura Council. The remaining one-third of the council will continue to be appointed by 
His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. The country has been divided into 30 electoral districts, with one candidate elected for each district.
Appointed and elected members will have the same rights and duties, including “approving the general policy of the government and budget”, as well as exercising control over the executive authority, according to Qatar’s Government Communication Office (GCO).
Members can also present proposals related to the government’s public matters.
The GCO said the Shura Council elections are “an important step towards promoting wider citizen participation” in line with the vision of HH the Amir.
The new law states that citizens aged 18 and above, and whose grandfather was born in Qatar, are eligible to vote in districts in which their tribe or family reside. Candidates must be of Qatari origin and at least 30 years old.
Qatar, which already has municipal elections, has banned all political parties. In a 2003 referendum, Qataris approved a new constitution that provided for partial elections for the council.
During the past few months, Qatar has worked on developing constitutional procedures and legislative tools, including electoral law.