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Bahrain

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Council of Representatives

This is a bicameral parliament. Switch to theShura 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.
22.11.2014 to 29.11.2014
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.
30.11.2022
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.
40
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".
266
Number of male candidates Number of male candidates
243
Number of female candidates Number of female candidates
23
Percentage of women candidates The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women candidates by the total number of candidates.
8.65%

Voter turnout

Registration Number of people registered to vote
349,713
Votes Number of people who actually voted
183,936
Voter turnout The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of people who actually voted by the number of people registered to vote
52.6%

Results

About the election Short description of the context and results of the election.
Independent candidates took 35 of the 40 seats in the Council of Representatives in the 2014 elections. Two Sunni "political associations" (see note) took two seats respectively. Only 10 members of the outgoing legislature were re-elected. Three women were elected, up from only one in 2010. The Islamic National Accord Association, a Shia opposition political society which won 18 seats in 2010, boycotted the elections in support of their demands for political reforms. Many candidates promised to create more jobs - in particular for young people - and provide more housing so as to improve living standards. The 2014 elections were the first to be held since violent confrontations took place in 2011 following calls from the Shia majority for greater political voice. The National Consensus Dialogue, launched in July 2011, led to the adoption of constitutional amendments in May 2012 which enhanced the directly elected Council of Representatives and reduced the power of the King and the appointed Shura Council. Note: Although political parties are not allowed, "political associations" were legalized by an amendment in 2005 to the 1989 law prohibiting political parties. In the 2010 elections, 23 of the 40 elected members belonged to political associations.
Percentage of seats won by largest party or coalition The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of seats won by the largest party by the number of seats at stake in the election.
87.5%
Parties or coalitions winning seats
Political groups winning seats breakdown
Political group Total
Independents 35
Assala Association 2
National Islamic Tribune Association (Al Menbar) 2
Others 1
Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
37
Number of women elected
3
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.
7.5%
Other notes
Number of parties winning seats: N/A. Two political societies won seats.
Sources
Council of Representatives (04.12.2014, 16.03.2015, 16.09.2018)
Women Directly Elected
3

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.
37
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.
3
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.
30
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.
14.12.2014
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.
Ahmed Bin Ebrahim Almulla (Male)
Date of election
14.12.2014