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General elections were held in Bahrain in November and December 2018 to elect the 40 members of the Council of Representatives. The first round of voting was on Saturday, 24 November,[1] with a second round in 31 constituencies on Saturday, 1 December.[2]

2018 Bahraini general election

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1 December 2018 (second round)
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All 40 seats in the Council of Representatives
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Leader Ghanim Al Buaneen
Party Independents Al Asalah
Last election 37 2
Seats won 35 3
Seat change Decrease 2 Increase 1

The elections were considered to be a sham,[3][4] as they followed a government crackdown on dissent that included prohibiting members of dissolved opposition groups from running.[5]

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Electoral systemEdit

The 40 members of the Council of Representatives were elected from single-member constituencies using a two-round system; if no candidate received a majority of the vote in the first round, a second round was held.[6]

CampaignEdit

Candidates had to apply between 17 and 21 October 2018,[1] with 293 registering to contest the 40 seats.[7]

ResultsEdit

Nine of the 40 constituencies were decided in the first round, with the other 31 going to a runoff.[8] According to the government, voter turnout in the first round was 67%, an increase from 53% in the 2014 elections. However, the opposition claimed that the real voter turnout did not exceed 28%-30%.[9][10][11]

List of elected membersEdit

Constituency Elected member
Capital First Abel Abdulrahman Mohammed Ahmed Alasoomi
Capital Second Sawsan Mohamed Abdulrahim Kamal
Capital Third Mamdooh Abbas Ahmad Alsaleh
Capital Fourth Ammar Ahmed Ghuloom Albannai
Capital Fifth Ahmed Sabah Salman Alsalloom
Capital Sixth Masooma Hasan Abdulhusain Abdulrahim
Capital Seventh Zainab Abdulameer Khalil Ebrahim
Capital Eighth Fadhel Abbas Ali Isa Alsawad
Capital Ninth Ammar Husain Ebrahim Abbas
Capital Tenth Ali Mohamed Isa Abdulla Eshaqui
Muharraq First Hamad Ahmed Mohamed Saleh Alkooheji
Muharraq Second Ebrahim Khalid Ebrahim Alnefaei
Muharraq Third Mohamed Isa Ahmed Abdulla Ali
Muharraq Fourth Ghazi Abdulaziz Yusuf Jaafar Almurbati
Muharraq Fifth Khaled Saleh Ahmed Buanaq
Muharraq Sixth Hisham Ahmed Yusuf Ahmed Alasheeri
Muharraq Seventh Ammar Sami Ali Hasan Qambar
Muharraq Eighth Yusuf Ahmed Hasan Hohamed Althawadi
Northern First Kaltham Abdulkareem Jassim
Northern Second Fatema Abbas Qasim Mohamed
Northern Third Abdulla Ebrahim Mubarak Khalil Aldoseri
Northern Fourth Ghazi Faisal Hasan Husain al Rahma
Northern Fifth Sayed Falah Hashem Falah Abdulla
Northern Sixth Abdulnabi Salman Ahmed Naser
Northern Seventh Ahmed Yusuf Ahmed Aldamestani
Northern Eighth Abdulla Khalifa Juma Abdulkarim Althawadi
Northern Ninth Yusuf Zainalabddin Mohamed Zainal
Northern Tenth Basem Salman Mohamed Salman Erhama Almalki
Northern Eleventh Mohamed Khalifa Abdulla Husain Buhamood
Northern Twelfth Mahamood Maki Salman
Southern First Ahmed Mohamed Ahmed Saad Alaamer
Southern Second Isa Ali Jamal Alquadhi
Southern Third Ahmed Yusuf Abdulqader Mohamed Alansari
Southern Fourth Ali Ahmed Ali Zayed
Southern Fifth Fawzia Zainal
Southern Sixth Abdulrazaq Abdulla Ali Hattab
Southern Seventh Ali Majed Ali Hasan Almajed Alnoaimi
Southern Eighth Mohamed Ebrahim Ali Muhana Alsisi Albuainain
Southern Ninth Bader Saood Jabur Abdulla Aldoseri
Southern Tenth Isa Yusuf Abdulla Ahmed Aldoseri
Source: Elections 2018, Elections 2018

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Bahrain to hold parliamentary elections on Nov. 24 - state news agency". Reuters. 10 September 2018. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  2. ^ Bahrain announces election results as palace prepares for visit from Saudi crown prince The National, 25 November 2018
  3. ^ After Khashoggi's murder, it’s time for the world to stop ignoring Bahrain’s abuses The New York Times, 22 November 2018
  4. ^ What "Elections" in Bahrain Can Teach Us About Politics in the Middle East UN Dispatch, 7 December 2018
  5. ^ "Bahrain Moves to Ban Opposition Ahead of 2018 Elections". Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain. 30 May 2018. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  6. ^ Electoral system IPU
  7. ^ Bahrain poll results expected today Gulf News, 25 November 2018
  8. ^ Run-off for 31 seats after first round of Bahrain's elections GDN Online, 26 November 2018
  9. ^ "Record number of Bahraini women elected to parliament". www.aljazeera.com. Retrieved 3 December 2018.
  10. ^ "Al-Wefaq Announces Failure of Elections: 30% Turnout at Most, Int'l Community Should Respect Bahraini People's Will". Retrieved 3 December 2018.
  11. ^ "Bahrain opposition: Voter turnout did not exceed 30%". 26 November 2018. Retrieved 3 December 2018.