As many as 107 candidates, including 11 women, will contest in the elections to the 22nd board of directors of the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry to be held on March 24.
The chamber has more than 100,000 members and about 75,000 of them have voting rights.
The secretary-general of the chamber, Hassan Dahlan, said the candidates would compete for 12 out of 18 seats on the board.
He added that the remaining six members would be appointed by the minister of commerce and investment.
The 12 seats are divided equally between traders and industrialists.
Dahlan said for the first time ever the chamber has printed a guide book on electronic voting. “This is also the first time we have this large number of candidates and voters,” he added.
Dahlan said the elections would be held from March 25 to 28 in the four sub-regions of Qunfudah, Laith, Khulais and Rabigh while in Jeddah it will be held on March 24.
The candidates are allowed to campaign through local newspapers, social media and billboards but are forbidden to use TV channels, mosques and sports and cultural clubs for campaigning.
The candidates should be Saudi nationals, not less than 30 years of age and has been practicing work in the sectors of commerce and industry for three years at least.
Source: Saudi Gazette