The funding bill now returns to the lower house, and if it is rejected again will go before a joint session of both houses, where it is likely to pass. A spokesman for Al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, one of the Shiite Muslim groups which boycotted October’s parliamentary elections, said that the 17 February vote was symptomatic of the limited democratisation so far implemented, showing that elected representatives had no more power than the king’s appointees. Abduljalil also complained that ‘they are wasting their time debating issues that are beyond their control,’ referring to the fact that construction has already begun on the F1 track (MEED 18:10:02).