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Oman

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Consultative Council

This is a bicameral parliament. Switch to theState Council

Election results

Data on parliamentary elections, including the background, candidates, voter turnout, results and the formation of the new legislature. By default the latest election results are displayed. Select a date to view results from previous elections

Background

Election date(s) The date when elections started and ended for directly or indirectly elected parliaments/chambers. The date of appointments for appointed parliaments/chambers.
25.10.2015
Date of dissolution of the outgoing legislature Date at which the previous legislature (elected at the previous elections) was dissolved.
28.10.2015
Timing of election Timing of election: Upon normal expiry; Early elections; Delayed elections
Upon normal expiry
Expected date of next elections The expected date at which the next elections should take place, based on law or practice.
27.10.2019
Number of seats at stake Number of seats contested at the elections. Where the parliament/chamber is fully renewed, this number is usually identical to the statutory number of members. Where the parliament/chamber is partially renewed or appointed, the number of seats at stake is usually less than the total number of members.
85
Scope of elections Scope of elections: Full renewal; Partial renewal.
Full renewal

Candidates

Total number of candidates Total number of people who registered as candidates for election. Does not include people who stood as candidates to become "substitute members".
596
Number of male candidates Number of male candidates
576
Number of female candidates Number of female candidates
20
Percentage of women candidates The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women candidates by the total number of candidates.
3.36%
Notes
Political parties are banned in Oman

There is no party system, or all candidates stood as independents.

Voter turnout

Registration Number of people registered to vote
525,785
Votes Number of people who actually voted
297,905
Voter turnout The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of people who actually voted by the number of people registered to vote
56.66%

Results

About the election Short description of the context and results of the election.
Since political parties are banned in Oman, all candidates ran as independents. The elections saw a high turnover, with only 25 of the 84 outgoing members returning to parliament. The sole woman in the outgoing legislature was re-elected, becoming once again the only woman in the new 85-member legislature (see note). The 2015 elections were held against the backdrop of the war in the bordering Yemen. Many candidates focused on socio-economic issues in Oman, under the leadership of Sultan Qaboos who holds the positions of Head of State, prime minister, foreign, defence, interior and finance minister. Note: The statutory number of members increased from 84 to 85 due to an increase in the country's population.
Alternation of power after elections The results of the elections caused a change in the government. "Not applicable" to countries using the presidential system when parliamentary and presidential elections are held separately, to countries in political transition or where there is no party system.
Not applicable
Note on the alternation of power
The monarchy
Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
84
Number of women elected
1
Percentage of women elected The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women elected in the election and the number of seats at stake at the election.
1.18%
Other notes
Distribution of seats according to political group: Not applicable. There are no political parties in Oman.
Sources
Oman News Agency
Women Directly Elected
1

New legislature

Total number of men after the election The total number of male parliamentarians in this parliament/chamber following the election or renewal, regardless of their modes of designation.
84
Total number of women after the election The total number of female parliamentarians in this parliament/chamber following the election or renewal, regardless of their modes of designation.
1
First-term parliamentarians The number of members who are assuming their parliamentary mandate for the first time following the election or renewal, regardless of their mode of designation.
60
Date of the first session The date when the newly elected parliament/chamber was convened for the first time. It may be different from the date when members were sworn in.
04.11.2015
First Speaker of the new legislature
First Speaker of the new legislature First name of the Speaker of the new legislature following the election or renewal.
Sheikh Khalid bin Hilal Al Maawali (Male)
Date of election
04.11.2015