Sept. 24, 2011 Snap

Registered to Vote

Kingdom of Bahrain

Election for Majlis Al-Nuwab (Council of Representatives)

More Info:

At stake in this election:      

  • 14 seats in the Council of Representatives.  

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: King HAMAD bin Isa al-Khalifa (since 6 March 1999)
  • Head of Government: Prime Minister KHALIFA bin Salman al-Khalifa (since 1971)
  • 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
  • The 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.

Election Note: 

  • The by-elections will be held to fill seats vacated by members of the opposition Al-Wifaq party, who resigned in protest.  Though there are 18 open seats, only 14 are being contested, and all seats are being contested by pro-government party member or independents.[1]  All seats were won by independents.