Saudi Arabia : Women Vote For First Time In Elections

12 December,Riyadh

Saudi Arabia is going to the polls in unprecedented municipal elections in which women can cast a ballot for the first time. Women are also standing as candidates, another first, despite the conservative kingdom being the only nation where women are not allowed to drive.

Salma al-Rashed was the first woman to register to vote. She told the BBC it felt really good. Change is a big word but the election is the way to make sure we are really represented.

A total of 978 women have registered as candidates, alongside 5,938 men. About 130,000 women have registered to vote, officials say. That figure still falls well short of male voter registration which stands at 1.35 million.

The results of the elections are expected to be announced later on Saturday.

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