Saudi Women To Be Barred From Voting

The municipal elections in Saudi Arabia will take place in February, 2005. The BBC reports women will not be allowed to vote:

The Saudi interior minister has said women will not be allowed to vote in the country's municipal elections starting in February 2005. In response to a question about women's getting the vote, Prince Nayef bin Sultan said simply: "I don't think that women's participation is possible."

The excuse is "administrative problems."

The official told AP that there were not enough women electoral staff to run women-only voter registration centres, while only a fraction of women in Saudi Arabia had photo identity cards.

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