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CMC polls today; 85 candidates in fray

CMC polls today; 85 candidates in fray

QNA
Doha
Qatari voters will go to poll to elect their Central Municipal Council (CMC) representatives. This is the sixth edition of the CMC elections.
A total of 85 candidates, including five women, are contesting in the elections for 25 out of 29 constituencies. Four districts — 7th, 22nd, 27th and 28th — have been elected by acclamation.
The polling stations are scheduled to open at 8am on Tuesday. The voting process will continue until 5 pm, which will be followed by the counting of votes and the announcement of the winners.
The Ministry of Interior (MoI) has confirmed the completion of all technical preparations for the polling in an atmosphere of freedom, integrity and transparency. A number of volunteers to facilitate the voters and guide them in the polling stations have been trained.
Director of the elections department Major General Majid al Khulaifi, who is also head of the election supervisory committee, said the committee provided all possible means to hold the electoral process to the fullest and facilitate the process of voting in a calm and stable atmosphere.
The council functions according to the provisions of law concerning the regulations of the CMC, and it expresses its opinions through making recommendations and issuing decisions.
It is responsible for monitoring the implementation of laws, decrees and regulations that fall under the responsibilities of the Ministry of Municipality and Environment and the council, including laws, decrees and regulations related to urban and industrial planning, infrastructure and other public system.
The council is also responsible for overseeing the economic, financial and administrative management of municipal affairs and agriculture.
The MoI has called on the voters to exercise their francise on Tuesday, stressing the importance of participation of all in the elections in view of the role played by the council in municipal work.
The ministry pointed to the need for the voter to visit the electoral district headquarters with the ID card and to show it as they enter the polling hall to receive the ballot paper. The voter must choose only one candidate.
The ministry said the voting process must be secret and the voter must not name the candidate they have chosen loudly. Voters who are unable to vote themselves should secretly tell the head of the station their chosen candidate and place the paper in the ballot box themselves.
The ministry has prohibited the practice of various forms of electoral propaganda within the electoral headquarters. Elections committees should proceed with the counting of votes and announce the results after the voting.
The winner of the election is the candidate who obtains the largest number of valid votes and in the event of a tie vote between more than one candidate, the committee will vote.
Following the winner’s announcement, the appeals period begins the next day for 15 days during where each candidate or voter may request the invalidation of the election in their constituency and submit the request in writing, including reasons for appeal to committee for appeals and grievances.
Khulaifi said the candidate or voter should be part of the constituency in the appeal and it shall be submitted within 15 days from the date of the results. This shall be done by filling out the form of the appeal, including the reasons on which the appeal was based.
He said the committee for appeals and grievances will investigate the appeals and submit its report, along with its recommendations to the municipal council, which will decide on its validity.
If a decision is issued by the municipal council to invalidate the election of a member of a constituency, a new member shall be elected in this district.

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