Female Candidates Disappointed in Qatar Polls as non was ElectedThe elections sparked a national conversation on electoral participation and citizenship.
Qatari residents voted on Saturday for two-thirds of the advisory Shura Council in the Gulf Arab state's first parliamentary elections, a process that has sparked internal debate about electoral inclusiveness and citizenship.
The Shura Council has legislative authority and adopts broad state policies and the budget, but it has no voice in determining defence, security, economic, or investment policy for the small but wealthy gas producer, which prohibits political parties from operating.
None of the women who ran in the elections was elected, disappointing candidates who had hoped to give women and other Qataris a role in the country's democratic process.
â€œTo have all men is not the vision of Qatarâ€ said Aisha Hamam al-Jasim, a 59-year-old nurse manager in Doha's Markhiya area.
Several female candidates sought to promote the integration of children of Qatari women married to foreigners, who, like their counterparts in other Gulf nations, are unable to pass their Qatari nationality on to their children.
Al-Maha Al-Majid, a 34-year-old industrial engineer, ran for office to alter people's opinions.
â€œTo convince the males [to vote for women], yes, we may have to put in work or extra effortâ€¦ Iâ€™m willing to take this extra effort in order to be in and to convince this society that the women can do soâ€ she added.
The elections sparked a national conversation on electoral participation and citizenship.
Tribal tensions were sparked when certain members of a major tribe were denied the right to vote due to a rule that only allowed Qataris whose families had been in the nation before 1930 to vote.