By election campaign starts amid protests
The campaign for the 18 seats vacated in Bahrain’s parliament by the opposition group Al Wefaq in February has officially started. The electoral college is 187,080 voters and the election will take place on 24th September between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. local time.
One candidate was elected unopposed so the contest will be for 17 seats and there are a total of 75 candidates.
The elections take place amongst a backdrop of continuing protests which have ignited once more following the death of a 15 year old boy who was killed by a tear gas canister.
The kingdom is also facing a hunger strike by 14 doctors and two human rights activists who were arrested during the protests in March and who have remained in prison ever since.