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Majles A'Shura (Consultative Council)
LAST ELECTIONS

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Parliament name Majles
Structure of parliament Bicameral
Chamber name (generic / translated) Majles A'Shura / Consultative Council
Related chamber (for bicameral parliaments) Majles Addawla / State Council
BACKGROUND
Dates of election / renewal (from/to) 25 October 2015
Purpose of elections Since political parties are banned in Oman, all candidates ran as independents. The elections saw a high turnover, with only 25 of the 84 outgoing members returning to parliament. The sole woman in the outgoing legislature was re-elected, becoming once again the only woman in the new 85-member legislature (see note).

The 2015 elections were held against the backdrop of the war in the bordering Yemen. Many candidates focused on socio-economic issues in Oman, under the leadership of Sultan Qaboos who holds the positions of Head of State, prime minister, foreign, defence, interior and finance minister.

Note:
The statutory number of members increased from 84 to 85 due to an increase in the country's population.
Date of previous elections: 15 October 2011

Date of dissolution of the outgoing legislature: 28 October 2015

Timing of election: Upon normal expiry

Expected date of next elections: October 2019

Number of seats at stake: 85 (full renewal)

Number of candidates: 596 (576 men, 20 women)

Percentage of women candidates: 3.3%

Number of parties contesting the election: N/A
Note: Political parties are banned in Oman

Number of parties winning seats: N/A

Alternation of power: not applicable*
*the monarchy

Number of parties in government: N/A

Names of parties in government: N/A

Date of the first session of the new parliament: 4 November 2015

Name of the new Speaker: Mr. Sheikh Khalid bin Hilal Al Maawali
STATISTICS
Voter turnout
Round no 125 October 2015
Number of registered electors
Voters
Blank or invalid ballot papers
Valid votes
525'785
297'905 (56.66%)

Notes
Distribution of votes
Round no 1
Distribution of seats
Round no 1
Distribution of seats according to sex
Men
Women
Percent of women
84
1
1.18%
Distribution of seats according to age
Distribution of seats according to profession
Comments
Distribution of seats according to political group: Not applicable. There are no political parties in Oman.

Source: http://www.omannews.gov.om/ona_en/

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