Saudi Arabian voters will have a longer wait than anticipated for municipal elections, as the schedule slipped once again on 11 September. Voting will now commence on 10 February 2005 in Riyadh, according to a Municipal & Rural Affairs Ministry statement, after being pushed back from November and, before that, from September.
However, no official announcement has been made on the controversial subject of whether women will be enfranchised. The administration first announced that the polls to elect half the members of 178 municipal councils would be held over two months beginning in September, before voting was postponed to November to avoid clashing with Ramadan (see Special Report, pages 27-59).
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