ElectionGudie

Oct. 23, 2010 Confirmed

318,000
Registered to Vote
Bahrain

Kingdom of Bahrain

Election for Majlis Al-Shura (Bahraini Shura Council)

More Info:

At stake in this election:

  • 40 seats in the Council of Representatives (Majlis Al-Nuwab)

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: King HAMAD bin Isa al-Khalifa
  • Head of Government: Prime Minister KHALIFA bin Salman al-Khalifa
  • Assembly: Bahrain has a bicameral National Assembly (al-Jamiyh al-Watani) consisting of the Shura Council (Majlis Al-Shura) with 40 seats and the Council of Representatives (Majlis Al-Nuwab) with 40 seats.

Description of electoral system:

  • The King is hereditary N/A.
  • Prime Minister is appointed by the monarch.
  • In the Shura Council (Majlis Al-Shura) 40 members are appointed by the monarch. In the Council of Representatives (Majlis Al-Nuwab) 40 members are elected by absolute majority vote in single-member constituencies to serve 4-year terms.**

** A second, runoff round is held if no candidate receives and absolute majority in the first round.

Main parties in the electoral race:

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 738,004 (July 2010 estimate includes 235,108 non-nationals)
  • Registered Voters: 318,000 (October 2010 Voter registry not published. Number is an estimate.)