109-year-old Saudi woman registers to vote

Riyadh, Sep 11 (IANS) A 109-year-old woman has become the oldest citizen to register as a voter in Saudi Arabia’s third municipal elections, the media reported on Friday.

The woman signed up at a precinct in the Eastern Province, Arab News reported.

“The old lady went to Safwa polling centre in Qatif to get her name registered. Despite her old age, she insisted on participating in the elections, which reflects the high level of election culture among all segments of society,” said Mohammed Al-Sufaian, spokesman of the Eastern Province municipality.

This is the first time women will participate in the polls following men-only elections in 2005 and 2011.

The municipal elections in Saudi Arabian towns and cities are set to take place on December 12, later this year.

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