Oman

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Shura Council

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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.
27.10.2019
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.
31.10.2023
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.
86
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".
637
Number of male candidates Number of male candidates
597
Number of female candidates Number of female candidates
40
Percentage of women candidates The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women candidates by the total number of candidates.
6.28%

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

Voter turnout

Registration Number of people registered to vote
713,335
Votes Number of people who actually voted
349,680
Voter turnout The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of people who actually voted by the number of people registered to vote
49.02%

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. Of some 713,000 registered voters 49% turned out, which was down from the 57% recorded in 2015. Two women were elected to the new 86-member legislature (see note). The 2019 elections were held at a time of uncertainty over a successor to Sultan Qaboos, 78, who had no heir apparent and whose health had deteriorated. Sultan Qaboos held the positions of Head of State, prime minister, foreign, defence, interior and finance minister. Note: The statutory number of members increased from 85 to 86 due to an increase in the country's population. The statutory number of the State Council (an appointed upper chamber) also increased from 85 to 86 after the 2019 renewal.

There is no data on political parties, for example because there is no party system or candidates stood as independents.

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.
Names of parties in government The government may be formed by one or more political parties
N/A. Political parties are banned in Oman.
Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
84
Number of women elected
2
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.
2.33%
Sources
Shura Council (07.11.2019) Times of Oman AFP BBC Monitoring omanobserver.om
Women Directly Elected
2

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.
2
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.
03.11.2019
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
03.11.2019