At stake in this election:
- 83 seats in the Lower Chamber (Majlis al-Shura)
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 Parliament (Majlis Oman) consisting of the Upper Chamber (Majlis al-Dawla) with 48 seats and the Lower Chamber (Majlis al-Shura) with 83 seats.
Description of electoral system:
- The Sultan is hereditary head of state.
- In the Upper Chamber (Majlis al-Dawla) 48 members are appointed by the monarch*. In the Lower Chamber (Majlis al-Shura) 83 members are elected by universal adult suffrage to serve 3-year terms.
* Members are appointed by the monarch. They retain advisory powers only.
Main parties in the electoral race:
- Seats won in this election: 83
* Political parties are banned in Oman.
Last Legislative election:
- Parliamentary elections were last held on September 14, 2003. About 540 candidates registered to participate in the polls with two women securing a position in the Consultative Assembly.
Population and number of registered voters:
- Population: 2,807,125 (July 2003 Estimate includes 577,293 non-nationals.)
- Registered Voters: 822,000 ( est.)
· Female Population: 1,062,511 (2003)
· Is Oman a signatory to CEDAW: No
· Has Oman ratified CEDAW: Yes, accession (7 February 2006)
· Gender Quota: No
· Human Development Index Position: 52 (2014)
· Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: N/A
· Is Oman a signatory to CRPD: Yes (17 March 2008)
· Has Oman ratified CRPD: Yes (6 January 2009)
· Population with a disability: 421,068 (est.)