Critics in the country say that tribal loyalties in the sultanate have prevailed in influencing voters’ support, causing little change in the make-up of the council. Although about 100,000 women voted in the election only two of those standing as candidates were elected. One female candidate, Rafiah al-Talei, claimed that some candidates may have used unfair campaigning strategies, including luring voters with money (MEED 3:10:03).