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Qatar sets up its first legislative election monitoring agency | Qatar News

The committee will oversee the election of two-thirds of the 45-seat Shura Committee, which advises the rulers of Qatar.

The Ministry of Interior of Qatar said on Sunday that Qatar has set up a committee to oversee the first legislative elections to be held in October.

The election will be attended by two-thirds of the 45-seat Shura Advisory Committee or 30 members. The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, will appoint 15 members instead of appointing the entire council as it is today.

The ministry said on Twitter that Prime Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa Al Thani, who is also the Minister of the Interior, ordered the establishment of an oversight committee headed by officials of the Ministry of Interior.

Qatar has conducted municipal elections, but has not yet announced the Shura Council’s electoral system law or fixed the exact date for voting. Like other Gulf Arab countries, Qatar also bans political parties.

Sheikh Khalid said last month that the draft election law approved by the cabinet in May would limit campaign spending and criminalize foreign funding and the purchase of votes.

He said that the world’s largest supplier of LNG, which will host the 2022 Football World Cup, this small and wealthy country has been divided into 30 electoral districts.

Sheikh Khalid also stated that Qatari citizens have no pressure to hold Shura elections.

Last month, he told the Qatar media that he said that the Qatar Emir believes in “moving towards strengthening the role of the Shura Committee in formulating legislative procedures and expanding state participation”.

In the past few months, Qatar has been committed to formulating constitutional procedures and legislative tools, including electoral laws.

The developments occurred after Sheikh Tamim ordered the establishment of a committee to organize the voting in November last year, and it was delayed for several years.

Qataris account for approximately 10% of the population of 2.7 million, most of whom are foreign workers.

Kuwait is the only Gulf monarchy country that grants substantive power to the elected parliament. The parliament can obstruct laws and question ministers, but the final decision-making power lies with the ruler.

Bahrain and Oman hold elections in one chamber of their bicameral parliament, with limited influence.

Appointed a consulting agency in Saudi Arabia. In the United Arab Emirates, the government approves which citizens can vote for half of the members of the advisory committee.



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