Voter registration a must: Hail official

Updated 06 August 2015

Voter registration a must: Hail official

HAIL: The local election committee in Hail has revealed that voter registration is a pre-condition to cast the ballot, while emphasizing on enrolling themselves in the voter registry, which begins on Aug. 22 and continues for 21 days.
Saad Al-Thuweini of the media directorate in Hail municipality said that a voting register will be allocated to both men and women in election centers, saying that every citizen is eligible to vote if he or she aged above 18 years.
He said that voters should be born on June 25, 1998 or before, and should be eligible, the criteria for which is that they should not be in military service at the time. Voters should be residents of the election constituency and if they are living in more than one constituency, they must choose which one to vote in.
Al-Thuweini said that the documents that all voters should take to the registry include a national ID, a document to prove their place of residence such as an ownership deed to the house they live in or a contract that is approved by the mayor and stamped by the neighborhood police or a copy of public service bills showing their place of residence.
If the voter is an employee of the private sector, the document should be approved by the Chamber of Commerce, with a declaration showing their place of residence, a copy of the family registry accredited from the governorate, the center or from the mayor. He added that no one will be allowed to take part in the voting process unless they meet all such requirements.
Al-Thuweini further said that if the voter lives with someone else, he should present documents that prove his or his roommate's place of residence, adding that citizens registered in the voting schedules in previous elections don’t have to register again, unless they have changed their residence to another constituency.


Saudi Arabia’s ‘Awdah’ initiative helps over 12,790 expats return home

Updated 04 June 2020

Saudi Arabia’s ‘Awdah’ initiative helps over 12,790 expats return home

  • Residents with exit and re-entry visas, final exit visas and individuals with visit visas are eligible for the service
  • People can register through the Absher platform

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s initiative Awdah helped 12,798 expatriates return home amid the coronavirus travel bans, state news agency SPA reported.
The program, which means return in Arabic, was launched by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to help stranded expats return to their home countries and received a total of 178,452 individual registrations between April 22 to June 3. Only those whose countries have agreed to receive them have been flown out.
Residents with exit and re-entry visas, final exit visas and individuals with visit visas are eligible for the service.
To register, a person must use the Absher platform to provide residency number, date of birth, phone number, city of departure and name of airport at home country, the report added.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, the Ministry of Human Resources and Development, the General Authority of Civil Aviation and other governmental organizations are working together to help stranded expats return home.