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Women in Saudi Arabia vote for the first time in history

Municipal elections unfolds on Saturday in which for the first time in history, Saudi Arabian women were allowed to cast their respective votes.

Another first paranoma was women were even nominated as candidates. It was stunning yet shocking thing as the conservative kingdom being the only nation where women were not even allowed to drive, BBC reported.

A total of 978 women have registered as candidates, alongside 5,938 men.

For the marching campaigns , women candidates had to speak behind a partition during campaign appearances or be represented by a man.

About 130,000 women have registered to vote, officials said. That figure still falls well short of male voter registration, which stands at 1.35 million.

Salma al-Rashed was the first woman to register to vote. “It felt really good,” she told BBC.

“Change is a big word but the election is the way to make sure we are really represented.”

However, elections themselves are a rare thing in Saudi Arabia — Saturday will be only the third time in history that Saudis have gone to the polls.

There were no elections in the 40 years between 1965 and 2005.

Late King Abdullah prompted the decision in allowing women to cast vote for their representative and is seen as a key part of his legacy.

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

It’s the first that somewhat signifies the right to equality. Long way to go, Saudi Arabia!

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