Local elections in 285 municipalities
Elections are being held for half the seats in 285 municipalities today; the other half of the seats are appointed by the royal family.
There are 5,000 men standing for the seats, women are not involved in the elections, with around 1.2 million voters having registered for the elections. There are 752 polling stations across the country and they will remain open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. local time.
The lack of women’s participation has caused for calls to boycott the elections and despite a last minute plea, the government refused to back down on the decision.
The last time municipal elections were held in Saudi Arabia was in 2005. The local councils have very few powers.