Qatar’s cabinet approves draft law on the election of the Shura parliament
The draft law for the partial election of the 45-member Supreme Advisory Council outlines the rules for voting in October.
The Qatar News Agency reported on Wednesday that the Qatar cabinet has approved the draft law for the national Shura parliamentary elections scheduled for October.
The draft law partially elected by the 45-member Supreme Advisory Council outlines the rules for voting. It is not yet clear on which date the election will be held in October.
Last November, Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani (Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani) Order the formation of a committee After several years of delay, voting can be organized.
Voters in Qatar can vote for 30 members of the Shura Council, while the emirate will appoint another 15 members.
According to the draft law, government employees are allowed to nominate themselves as members of the Shura Committee and retain their jobs when elected.
The draft law facilitates the process of voter registration (including electronic registration), and sets the upper limit of expenditure for election activities at 2 million Qatari rials per candidate. It will monitor the source of funds.
Candidates must avoid using tribal or sectarian speech, and must respect public morals, traditions, and social religious and social values. The draft law also prohibits offending other candidates or inciting conflict in any way.
The draft law includes provisions to ensure that public and private media maintain fairness in reporting and treating all candidates.
According to the draft law, ministers, judicial officers, members of all military institutions and members of the Central Municipal Council are prohibited from participating in elections.
A committee led by judges elected by the Supreme Judicial Council will oversee the voting and counting process and announce the results.
The draft law also outlines “serious penalties” for election crimes, such as foreign interference, ticket purchases or other violations.
After the election, the powers of the Shura Parliament are expected to expand, including the ability to dissolve ministers, approve the national budget and propose legislation.
In the neighboring United Arab Emirates, voters are elected by the country’s ruler.
Both Kuwait and Bahrain have elected parliaments. These parliaments have various supervisory powers and no governance authority. The appointment by the government is the responsibility of the rulers of the Arab Gulf countries.