Record Turnout At RCCI Polls

RIYADH: A record number of voters were reported on the first day of a two-day poll to elect 12 members of the Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (RCCI) board of directors yesterday.

“The turnout of voters has been excellent during the first two sessions on Tuesday,” said Abdulmalik F. Al-Senani, chief election organizer. More than 1,200 members voted during yesterday’s morning session alone.

He added that the RCCI has around 41,000 registered voters who will be electing the 12 board members. The Ministry of Commerce and Industry will nominate the other six members of the board.

Al-Senani said the voting, which is being carried out via electronic ballots, was being held simultaneously at the RCCI’s six branches in Wadi Dawasir, Shagra, Rumah, Afeef, Muzhamemia and Hawtah Bani Tamim.

A total of 27 candidates, including three women, have been short-listed to run for elections from 44 candidates. The three women are Huda Al-Jeraisy, owner of Al-Areebah Age Center for Training, Basima Al- Qashmah, owner of Kinda for Commercial Advertising, and Amal Badruldeen, owner and managing director of Areebah Clinics.

Polling will continue today with the results declared tomorrow. Women voters are casting their ballot in a separate polling station set up at the RCCI’s Women’s Branch at Ma’ather Street.

Al-Senani said the turnout was very encouraging. He added that the number of registered voters had doubled this year to 41,000, including 2,750 women, from a mere 20,000 four years ago.

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