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Oman

Sultanate of Oman

3,154,134 3

Population (as of July 1, 2013)

Elections in our database

518,000 69.67%

Registered Voters (as of Oct. 1, 2011)

Average Turnout

Name Official Name Type
Sultan and Prime Minister Sultan and Prime Minister Head of Government
Consultative Assembly Majlis al-Shura Lower House
Council of State Majlis al-Dawla Upper House
Sultan and Prime Minister Sultan and Prime Minister Head of State

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: Sultan and Prime Minister QABOOS bin Said al-Said
  • Head of Government: Sultan and Prime Minister QABOOS bin Said al-Said
  • Assembly: Oman has a bicameral Council of Oman (Majlis Oman) consisting of the Council of State (Majlis al-Dawla) with 83 seats and the Consultative Assembly (Majlis al-Shura) with 84 seats.

Description of electoral system:

  • The Sultan and Prime Minister is hereditary head of state.
  • In the Council of State (Majlis al-Dawla) 83 members are appointed by the monarch*. In the Consultative Assembly (Majlis al-Shura), 84 members are elected by plurality vote to serve 4-year terms and [[lh.2.seats]] members are [[lh.2.electedby]] [[lh.2.election_type]] to serve [[lh.2.term]]-year terms.**

* Members of the Majlis al-Dawla are appointed by the Sultan and have mainly advisory powers. However, after the political reforms of 2011, all legislation from the Consultative Assemly is referred to the State Council for approval or amendment. Drafts must be approved by both chambers before being submitted to the Sultan.

** Members of the Majlis al-Shura are elected from 59 multi-member and single-member electoral districts. Districts with a population over 30,000 have two representatives. As of 2011, the Chairman is indirectly elected by the members of the Assembly.

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Elections

Election For Date Votes Registered Voters Turn Out
Consultative Assembly 2003-10-04 - 822,000 -
Consultative Assembly 2007-10-27 212,354 338,683 62.7%
Consultative Assembly 2011-10-15 397,000 518,000 76.64%

Voter Turnout