A parliamentary proposal, which aimed to enable citizens abroad to vote in the municipal elections was shot down by the Shura Council.
The council stated that there is demand from citizens for such an opportunity and such measures would come only with a high financial cost. Since municipal councils serve only Bahrainis residing in Bahrain, Bahrainis abroad may not find it necessary to vote, the council stated. Although the parliament decision affects citizens residing in Bahrain and abroad, the municipal council has only a little effect outside the country.
The proposal to allow non-resident Bahrainis to vote in the elections was submitted by the Public Utilities and Environment Committee of the parliament. Currently, Bahrainis living abroad are allowed to participate in parliament elections only. The parliamentary and municipal elections held in 2018 were highly successful.
There were a total of 365,467 citizens who were confirmed eligible to vote in the 2018 elections, according to the Executive Committee of the 2018 elections. The voters’ lists were confirmed after the High Civil Court of Appeals completed the examination of all the appeals submitted to it by voters against the decision of the heads of supervisory centres. The committee stated that there were 81,892 eligible voters in the 10-constituency Capital Governorate, 79,213 in the 8-constituency Muharraq Governorate, 125,870 in the 12-constituency Northern Governorate and 78,492 in the 10-constituency Southern Governorate.