MUSCAT — The Sultanate is all set to kick off the elections for the first term of the Municipal Councils with more than 546,000 eligible voters expected to cast their ballots today to choose 192 members from among 1,475 candidates, including 46 women.
The Ministry of Interior has announced that it has completed all the necessary preparations for the electoral process and all the governorates are fully equipped and ready to receive voters at 104 election centres based in schools from 7 am to 7 pm today.
The election centres have been chosen in accordance with the density of population in each wilayat and taking into consideration ease of access and avoidance of any traffic congestion. Electronic system has been introduced for the first time and proven successful in terms of accuracy and speed when it was tested in the earlier stages of the election.
The Municipal Council in Muscat Governorate will be chaired by the chairman of Muscat Municipality, while Dhofar Governorate’s Municipal Council will be headed by the deputy governor of Dhofar. In the rest of the governorates the Municipal Councils will be chaired by the governors.
The Municipal Councils will be responsible for presenting proposals concerning road projects, public health, environmental conservation and protection, water and sewage system projects, public parks and entertainment places, schools and housing projects, mosques and health centres, means of public transportation and car parks, development projects, commercial centres as well as other public amenity projects.
Meanwhile, Dr Abdulmunim bin Mansour al Hasani, Minister of Information, yesterday held a celebration at InterContinental Hotel in honour of the mediapersons from friendly countries who will be covering the Municipal Council elections.
The event was attended by Sayyid Hamoud bin Faisal al Busaidy, Minister of Interior, Ali bin Khalfan al Jabri, Under-Secretary of Ministry of Information, Dr Ibrahim bin Ahmed al Kindi, CEO of Oman Establishment for Press, Publication and Advertising, and editors-in-chief and representatives of local media and a number of officials at the ministry.