DOHA - Following the announcement of the final candidate lists, the third phase of the Shura Council elections will commence.
Candidates may begin their electoral campaigns immediately following the announcement of the final candidate lists, according to the timeline established bythe Supervisory Committee for the Shura Council elections.
The campaigns will conclude 24 hours before the polls open. Around 30 women have filed candidacy papers for the elections. Qataris have the opportunity to vote for 30 members of the Shura Council, while H H the Amir appoints the remaining 15 members. Brigadier Abdullah Khalifa Al Muftah, Chairman of the Supervisory Committee for the Shura Council elections' Media Committee, stated 14 locations have been designated for candidates to host free campaign events.
He told Qatar TV yesterday that the sites, which include nine club halls and five youth centers, were chosen in consultation with the Ministry of Culture and Sports. Al Muftah stated that candidates may make venue bookings through the media committee.
“We are equipping these halls with everything a candidate needs to host events and meet voters. Reservations for the hall will continue throughout the electoral campaign.” A candidate may not take contributionsfrom foreign or unknown sources, commercial firms, a state, or foreign organizations, according to electoral regulations.
Among the guidelines issued by the Supervisory Committee to regulate the elections are that licensed media outlets must treat all candidates equally and report with objectivity and fairness. When campaigning, the candidate must adhere to the Constitution's provisions and the right of others to express their opinions.
Additionally, it said that candidates should refrain from using the state's official logo or its emblems in meetings, commercials, election bulletins, and any other forms of writing and illustration used in political campaigns. Within three days of the conclusion of the electoral process, the candidate must remove all advertisements, posters, electoral flyers, and other forms of electoral propaganda.
Further, the committee stated that a candidate is forbidden from conducting a general election meeting or gathering while campaigning, unless the candidate notifies he security department for the district in which the meeting will be held.
It is illegal to organize and host electoral gatherings, deliver speeches, or display posters, advertising, or photos in houses of worship and religious centers, educational facilities, and government facilities, as well as inside or within 200 meters of an election hall.