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Second round of voting in Bahrain's parliamentary by-election

Arab World Materials 1 October 2011 14:59
Polls opened in Bahrain on Saturday for a second round of voting in parliamentary by-elections, with witnesses reporting a low voter turnout in at least two districts in the first few hours, dpa reported.
Second round of voting in Bahrain's parliamentary by-election

Polls opened in Bahrain on Saturday for a second round of voting in parliamentary by-elections, with witnesses reporting a low voter turnout in at least two districts in the first few hours, dpa reported.

The election comes after country's largest opposition party, al-Wefaq, abandoned its 18 seats in parliament in February, in protest at a harsh government crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators that left at least 30 dead.

During the first round of voting on September 24, five candidates won seats and voter turnout was 51 per cent, according to the government.

Voters were on Saturday casting their ballots for the remaining nine constituencies in the 40-seat parliament.

Four seats were filled before the elections, as single candidates were left after competitors withdrew.

Protests demanding political reform and greater freedoms in Sunni-ruled, Shiite majority Bahrain began on February 14.

Polling stations will close at 1700 GMT. The parliament is expected to hold its first session in October.

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