Oman

Shura Council

Political system
Monarchy
Structure of parliament
Bicameral
IPU membership
Yes

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)
29 Oct 2023
Date of dissolution of the outgoing legislature
No information available
Timing of election
Upon normal expiry
Expected date of next elections
31 Oct 2027
Number of seats at stake
90
Scope of elections
Full renewal

Candidates

Number of parties contesting the election
Not applicable
Not applicable. There is no party system or candidates stood as independents.
Yes
Total number of candidates
843
Number of male candidates
811
Number of female candidates
32
Percentage of women candidates
3.8%

Voter turnout

Registered voters
753,260
Voters
496,279
Voter turnout
65.9%

Results

About the election

Since political parties are banned in Oman, all candidates ran as independents in the elections to the 90-member Shura Council (see note). Some 753,000 people (about 50% of eligible voters) registered to vote in 2023, of whom 65.88% turned out at the poll (up from 49.02% in 2019). Although there were 32 women candidates, none of them were successful in 2023. Two women candidates had been elected previously.

E-voting was used for the first time in the 2023 elections, as per a royal decree issued in July 2023 by Sultan Haitham bin Tariq who is also the Prime Minister . He succeeded Sultan Qaboos, his cousin, who died in 2020.

Note:

The statutory number of members increased from 86 to 90 due to an increase in the country's population. The statutory number of the State Council (an appointed upper chamber) also increased from 86 to 87 after its 2023 renewal.

Alternation of power after elections
No
Number of parties in government
Not applicable
Names of parties in government
N/A. Political parties are banned in Oman.
Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
90
Number of women elected
0
Percentage of women elected
0.0%
Women Directly Elected
0
Sources

New legislature

Total number of men after the election
90
Total number of women after the election
0
Percentage of women after the election
1.1%
First-term parliamentarians
57
Percentage of first-term parliamentarians
63.3%
Date of the first session
09 Nov 2023

First Speaker of the new legislature

Personal details for the first Speaker of the new legislature
Sheikh Khalid bin Hilal Al Maawali (Male)
Date of birth: 02 Mar 1975
Date of election
09 Nov 2023

Historical data for IPU membership

Historical data for IPU membership
Year IPU membership
2020-09
List of values for 2020-09
No
2019-04
List of values for 2019-04
No
2018-06
List of values for 2018-06
No