Consultative Assembly elections on 15th October
The Deputy Interior Minister, Sayyid Mohammed bin Sultan Al Busaidi, has confirmed that elections for the Consultative Assembly or Majlis al-Shura will now take place on 15th October.
There are 1,133 candidates standing for the 84 seats with 77 women contesting the election. There will be 105 polling stations.
Around 522,000 people have registered to vote in the elections, up on the 2007 figure of 388,000.
Oman is an absolute monarchy and political parties are banned, therefore all candidates will be standing as non-partisans or independents.
Qaboos bin Said Al Said, the Sultan of Oman, has promised the Consultative Assembly will have legislative powers but has not outlined what these will be; currently it holds no real powers.