53 independents file papers for Bahrain polls

MANAMA — By the end of second day for registration of candidates for the coming parliamentary elections in Bahrain, independents outnumbered candidates supported by political societies.

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Published: Wed 15 Sep 2010, 11:08 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 8:32 AM

Out of 101 candidates, who can now officially start their election campaign, 53 are independents. They will be competing for 40 parliamentary seats distributed among 40 constituencies in five governorates.

The second day of the registration witnessed filling of papers by 12 male candidates, while 89 candidates, including six women, registered on the first day. No candidate has filed for nine constituencies and it is hoped that some candidates will file their papers in the coming days of registration that will end on Thursday.

Eight constituencies have only one candidate, including the sixth constituency in the southern governorate with only Latifa Al Quad as the lone contestant who filed her papers on Sunday. She was the only female in the 2006 parliament after winning elections unopposed in her area.

Al Wefaq Political Society has so far the highest number of candidates, with 17 contestants. The society had the largest number of lawmakers in the former lower house with 16 MPs.


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