Municipal elections after Ramadan

Updated 30 April 2015
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Municipal elections after Ramadan

The Kingdom’s third municipal council elections that involve women as candidates and voters for the first time would take place in the month of Dhul Qada, a leading official said recently.
Abdulrahman Al-Dahmash, chairman of the General Committee for the Election of Municipal Council Members, made the announcement recently, according to a report in a local publication.
The month of Dhul Qada runs from Aug. 16 to Sept. 13, and comes after Ramadan.
Al-Dahmash said this election would see several changes, the most important being the participation of women for the first time. Women candidates would be able to nominate themselves.
Special provision would be made for women to participate in compliance with Islamic law. Local committees, with women making up 20 percent of their members, have been set up in all regions to organize the elections, he said.
Al-Dahmash was speaking for the minister of municipal and rural affairs at a seminar on councils organized by the Institute of Public Administration in Riyadh.
He said it is hoped the elections would bring about a new phase in the development of municipalities into the future, and that it was in line with a “growing culture” of voting in Saudi society.
He said the changes to this year’s elections would see two-thirds of every council made up of elected members, compared to half previously. In addition, the voting age has been reduced from 21 to 18 to allow for more youth participation.
Al-Dahmash said the councils would have greater powers to monitor the performance of municipalities, including oversight over budgets, operational matters and investment and development projects.
The Leadership Development Center at the Institute of Public Administration in Riyadh organized the seminar to discuss challenges facing municipalities around the country. This includes delivering top class public services.


Coordinated Arab efforts urged to overcome challenges

Updated 16 July 2019
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Coordinated Arab efforts urged to overcome challenges

CAIRO: Dr. Khalid Al-Ghamdi, chairman of the Arab Media Standing Committee and general supervisor of foreign media at Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Media, called for coordinated Arab efforts to overcome regional challenges particularly the Palestinian issue and terrorism.
Al-Ghamdi was presiding over the committee’s 93rd session held at Arab League’s headquarters in Cairo on Sunday.
He said the meeting discussed a number of key issues including the Arab Media Charter of Honor. It was, Al-Ghamdi said, a continuation of previous meetings to discuss their outcomes and review the results in the light of proposals put forward by different member Arab countries.
The meeting was also attended by Arab League’s Assistant Secretary-General for Social Affairs Ambassador Badr El-Din Alali, Counselor Fawzi Al-Ghwail, director of the technical department of the Council of Arab Information Ministers, representatives of Arab member states, representatives of Arab information ministries and the heads of Arab media agencies and institutions.
Alali said the Palestinian question continues to remain the main issue in addition to the terrorist threats, sustainable development and the Arab image in the West.
“Implementing the Arab Media Strategy and improving media practices using the latest technologies is vital for media to effectively contributing to awareness programs and supporting the region’s vital issues.”
He said the inclusion of the Arab Media Charter of Honor and media education to the agenda is of great importance.
He also express resolve to counter the phenomenon of fake news and that the Arab media is serious about countering this problem.