Qatar’s poll panel rejects seven CMC nominations


The nominations were refused as the applicants did not meet a key precondition that to be eligible to be in the fray, their fathers should have been born in Qatar, Al Sharq reported yesterday.



The daily quoted a senior Interior Ministry official as saying that this important requirement was not found to be met by at least seven applicants, so their nominations were not entertained.



Brigadier Majid Ibrahim Al Khulaifi, head of the election department at the ministry, said another three citizens who had filed their papers withdrew from the race.



So, the election panel on Wednesday released a list of 125 people who will be in the fray. The list, which includes three women, has been released constituency-wise. There are 29 municipal councils (constituencies) all over the country.



According to Al Khulaifi, the nominees have been given time until February 28 to file objections, if any.



He said that the nomination process went on smoothly and added that he is confident that the poll would be a closely fought one.



In all, 71 people-including 11 women-worked as volunteers with the election committee, he said.


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