Tamil Diplomat

Women in Saudi Arabia to vote for first time

Saudi Arabia will go to the polls on Saturday in unprecedented municipal elections in which women will cast a ballot for the first time. Women are able to stand as candidates, despite the fiercely conservative kingdom being the only nation where women are not allowed to drive.

A total of 978 women have registered as candidates, alongside 5,938 men. Female candidates have had to speak behind a partition during campaign appearances or be represented by a man. (BBC,2015)