Municipal Councils

In 2004, it was announced that the Kingdom would hold elections for half the seats in 178 Municipal Councils spread throughout the Kingdom's regions.

The semi-elected Municipal Councils have four to 14 members each. The larger cities such as Riyadh, Dammam, Jeddah, Makkah and Madinah have 14 members.

In 2005, half the members of 178 Municipal Councils in the Kingdom's 13 regions were picked in the landmark nationwide elections held in three stages beginning from Feb. 10, 2005. The other half of the members were appointed by the government.

Municipal Councils in Taif, Al-Ahsa, Buraidah, Abha, Hail, Tabuk, Jizan, Baha, Najran, Al-Jouf and the Northern Border Province have 12 members while those in Khamis Mushait, Unaizah, Alkharj, Hafr Al-Baten and Yanbu have 10 members.

The Councils in governorates (muhafedas) and centers (marakiz) have six to eight members while rural centers have four members.

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