Bahrain Parliamentary Election Sees No Surprises, As Opposition Boycotts

Dec. 4, 2014, 5:47 p.m.

It was the first election since the 2011 Shiite minority protests against the ruling Sunni monarchy first started. However, prior to the election, the main opposition group, Al-Wefaq, had announced a coalition of opposition groups would be boycotting the election, due to the government’s ongoing treatment of the Shiite minority and for other human rights abuses.[ii] Located in the Persian Gulf, Bahrain has a population of 1,314,029 with approximately 171,000 registered voters.[iii] Results have “independents” winning 36 seats in the election, while the remaining four went to candidates associated with Sunni parties.[iv] The government has claimed that there was 51.5 percent turnout, while the opposition has stated that turnout was “no higher than 30 percent.”[v]


[i] http://www.electionguide.org/elections/id/2483/

[ii] http://news.yahoo.com/bahrain-holds-elections-shiite-opposition-boycotts-vote-084938009.html

[iii] http://www.idea.int/vt/countryview.cfm?CountryCode=BH

[iv] http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/monkey-cage/wp/2014/12/01/electoral-rules-and-threats-cure-bahrains-sectarian-parliament/

[v] http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/monkey-cage/wp/2014/12/01/electoral-rules-and-threats-cure-bahrains-sectarian-parliament/

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