(MENAFN- The Peninsula)
Doha: Supervisory Committee for the Shura Council elections has announced the final list of candidates for the Shura Council elections.
Candidates can start their electoral campaigns now and it will end 24 hours before the start of the polling process.
The final list, which the commission published on its website and in the electoral headquarters, includes 284 candidates, 28 of them women, for thirty electoral districts.
The list of candidates is available here .
Qataris can vote for 30 members of the Shura Council, while H H the Amir will appoint another 15 members. Fourteen venues, comprising 9 club halls and 5 youth centres, have been provided where the candidates can hold their campaign events free of charge.
Among the rules announced by the Supervisory Committee to regulate the elections, licensed media houses should observe equality in the treatment of all candidates and adhere to objectivity and impartiality in their coverage.
The candidate must, when campaigning, respect the provisions of the Constitution and the freedom of others to express their opinion. It also said that the candidates should not use the official state emblem or its symbols in meetings, advertisements, electoral bulletins, and all kinds of writings and drawings used in electoral campaigns.
The candidate must remove advertisements, posters, electoral flyers, and any means of electoral propaganda within three days of the end of the electoral process.
The committee also said that a candidate is prohibited, when campaigning, from holding a general election meeting or gathering, except after notifying the security department in whose district the meeting place is located.
It is also prohibited to organise and hold electoral meetings, give speeches, or place posters, advertisements, or pictures in places of worship and religious centres, educational facilities, government facilities, and inside or within 200 metres of an election hall.
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