At stake in this election:
- 84 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 84 seats.
Description of electoral system:
- The Sultan and Prime Minister is hereditary N/A.
- In the Upper Chamber (Majlis al-Dawla) 59 members are appointed by the monarch*. In the Lower Chamber (Majlis al-Shura) 84 members are elected by popular vote to serve 4-year terms.**
* The Majlis al-Dawla has advisory powers only.
** 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 multiple representatives. The Majlis al-Shura has some limited power to propose legislatiion, but otherwise has only advisory powers.
Population and number of registered voters:
- Population: 3,204,897 (July 2007 Estimate includes 577,292 non-nationals.)
- Registered Voters: 338,683 (October 2007)
· Female Population: 1,126,554 (2007)
· Is Oman a signatory to CEDAW: No
· Has Oman ratified CEDAW: Yes, accession (7 February 2006)
· Gender Quota: No
· Female candidates in this election: Yes
· Number of Female Parliamentarians: 14 (State Council); 0 (Consultative Council) following the 2007 elections
· 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: 480,734 (est.)