The Saudi authorities have announced that the first round of municipal elections, which had been postponed for two years in 2009, will be held on April 23, said on Wednesday several national media.
According to the official Saudi news agency, SPA, Minister of Local Affairs, Mutabar bin Mansur bin Abdelaziz, has ordered the creation of an electoral commission to supervise the second municipal elections held in the kingdom’s history.
The first elections to municipal councils, which have only advisory functions were held in 2005.
Participants included male citizens to elect half of the municipal representatives, while the other half was appointed by the king.
In 2009, the Saudi government decided to extend for two years the mandate of municipal councils, the only elected institution in the country, which meant, in fact, the abolition of elections scheduled for that year.