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DOHA, Oct 2: Qatar’s Election Commission have stated 30 male candidates have won all the 30 contested seats in the country’s first Shura Council election. In a press conference late Saturday, the commission chief Majed Al-Khalifa described the turnout as high, estimating it at 63.5 percent.
Earlier, eligible voters in Qatar have flowed into polling stations in this Gulf country’s first legislative elections, amid strict health measures. Polls opened at 08:00 am at local time (05:00 GMT) and will close at 06:00 pm at local time (15:00 GMT), with the results expected the same day. A total 234 candidates, including 30 women, are running for 30 seats of the advisory Shura Council, while the Amir of Qatar will name the remaining 15 members of the council. voters flocked to polling stations to cast their ballots amid strict health measures due to the coronavirus pandemic. (KUNA)