Members of Dissolved Parties Banned from Running in Bahrain Elections

Members of Dissolved Parties Banned from Running in Bahrain Elections

Tuesday, 12 June, 2018 - 09:15
Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa. (Reuters)
Bahrain – Asharq Al-Awsat
Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa approved on Monday a law banning members of opposition political parties, which have been dissolved by court, from running for parliamentary elections.

The Bahraini News Agency (BNA) published the revised Law No. 25 of 2018, which amends Article 3 of Decree Law No. 14 of 2002 on political rights in the country.

The new law on exercising political rights stipulates that any individual convicted of committing a felony is forbidden from running for parliament even if a special amnesty is granted or they have been rehabilitated.

An individual sentenced to imprisonment for intentional offenses for more than six months, even if a special amnesty has been granted, is also barred from running in elections.

Actual leaders and members of political societies, which have been dissolved by a final judgment for committing serious violations of the provisions of the constitution of the Kingdom or any of its laws, were also listed in the ratified law.

Finally, any individual who intentionally harms or disrupts the constitutional or parliamentary process by terminating or leaving parliamentary work in the Council of Representatives or their membership will lose their right to participate in elections.

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