20 May 2012
Nominations of candidates for Oman’s first municipal council elections began throughout the country on Saturday. Contestants have until May 30 to file nominations, at walis’ offices in their wilayats.
According to the Municipal Election Law issued last year, any Omani citizen, aged 30 is eligible to stand as a candidate. Members of the State Council and Majlis Ash’shura and government employees and security personnel are not allowed to contest.
Wilayats with an Omani population of less than 30,000 will choose two representatives, while those with more than 30,000 Omani inhabitants will elect four members.
There will be six elected representatives from wilayats with a local population of above 60,000. .
Although the date has not been announced yet, the polls are expected to be held towards the end of the year.