Central Municipal Council (CMC) elections in Qatar will take place tomorrow, per Amiri Decree Number 4 of 2019. Out of 29 seats, two have already been won uncontested; there are 94 candidates, including five women, competing for the remaining 27 seats. The Central Municipal Council first held elections 20 years ago, on April 8, 1999.
All Qatari adults are eligible to vote. The CMC is not a legislative body, but rather handles municipal affairs, and works closely with the Ministry of Municipality and Environment to make sure voters’ concerns are addressed. Some accomplishments of the Council include installing street lights, developing beaches, beautifying streets, and more.
Qatari regulations prohibit candidates for the CMC from attacking rival candidates or inciting sectarian or tribal strife. This helps ensure a friendly campaign and means candidates must work closely with voters to represent their interests.
The Central Municipal Council is distinct from the 45-person Qatar Advisory Council, often known as the Shura Council. The Shura Council is partly elected and partly appointed, and maintains legislative and budgetary powers.