Bahrain has elected a document eight girls and plenty of first-time lawmakers to its 40-seat parliament, in accordance with outcomes introduced Sunday of this week’s polls held with out opposition candidates.
The official Bahrain Information Company printed the listing of 34 candidates who gained seats within the second spherical of parliamentary elections on Saturday, including to 6 confirmed after a primary spherical on November 12.
Two main opposition teams, the Shiite Al-Wefaq and the secular Waad, have been prevented from presenting candidates. These events have been dissolved in 2016 and 2017 respectively.
Amnesty Worldwide mentioned forward of the ballot that the elections have been going down in an “setting of political repression”.
An election official within the small Gulf kingdom pushed again in opposition to the criticism.
“Solely the voices of the Bahraini voters are heard, and all different voices are neither heeded nor influential,” Nawaf Abdullah Hamzah, director of the election course of, was quoted as saying Saturday by the official information company.
Greater than 330 candidates, together with a document 73 girls, ran for a seat on the council of representatives – the decrease home of parliament that advises King Hamad, who has dominated since his father died in March 1999.
Six girls have served within the outgoing chamber.
Bahrain has about 350,000 registered voters out of a inhabitants of 1.4 million.
Turnout within the first spherical was 73 %, authorities mentioned, however no figures have been launched for the second spherical.
This was the nation’s third election since demonstrations in 2011 pushed by calls for for a constitutional monarchy and different political reforms.
The second spherical of voting coincided with the Manama Dialogue convention, which has introduced high diplomats from internationally to the capital from Friday till Sunday.
Bahrain, the host of the U.S. Fifth Fleet, typically accuses its neighbour Iran of coaching armed teams with a view to trigger unrest, a cost Tehran denies.