Muscat, Omani voters outside the Sultanate will
take part in the Majlis A'Shura 9th Term Elections by using distance
voting on smartphones that operate on the mobile SIM card of the
telecom companies operating in the Sultanate, supported by Public
Key Infrastructure (PKI) technology. It will be implemented for the first
time as part of the keenness of the Sultanate's Government,
represented by the Ministry of Interior, to provide all Omani voters the
opportunity to exercise their voting right.
The ministry set 19 October (Saturday), as the voting date for
Omani citizens abroad, as well as members of the committees and
those who assist in the electoral process from 8 am to 8 pm on the
A total of 717 candidates including 40 women will be vying for
86 seats in Majlis A'Shura, which consists of members who are
representing different wilayats.
The use of this application is a confirmation of the Interior
Ministry's endeavor to develop the electoral process using modern
technologies that allow citizens to participate in the elections with ease.
The system will be available on the /Apple Store/ and / Google Play /
platforms outside the Sultanate. It will be activated on the voting day
and is available to citizens registered in the electoral register and are
currently outside the Sultanate.
Eng. Sulaiman bin Abdul Rahim al-Zedjali, Head of the
Technical Support Committee for the Majlis A'Shura 9th Term Elections,
explained that the Ministry of Interior has carried out many trials on the
distance voting system. He added, "There will be other trials, including
a pilot voting to measure the flow of data and the accuracy of the
obtained data". He affirmed that the ministry has worked continuously
in each of the previous elections of Majlis A'Shura and in the two
elections of the members of the Municipal Councils to develop the
electoral process and distance voting.
He pointed out that on the day of distance voting, there will be
several technical teams that will follow up on its implementation as the
work will be conducted through working groups devoted to this subject,
in cooperation and coordination between the Ministry of Interior and
telecom companies operating in the Sultanate, as well as the
Information Technology Authority (ITA), the Royal Oman Police (ROP)
and the Directorate General of Civil Status.
The ministry stated that the voters, to be able to cast his/her
vote while presently outside the Sultanate, must have a mobile
smartphone or tablet device that includes a SIM card and a front
camera. They also need to make sure that the international roaming
feature is available in the chip supported by the PKI of his/her phone.
Source: Oman News Agency