By: Kaushalendra Singh
SALALAH: Shura Council members, gathered for a symposium on Wednesday, called for better participation of Shura members in policy making, as election for new session of is due in October this year. The symposium titled: Shura Council elections, reality and challenges was organised at Crowne Plaza Salalah Resort under the auspices of Shaikh Khalid bin Hilal al Maawali, Chairman of the Ash’shura Council.
A large number of Shura Council members, legal experts and Municipality Council members took part in the symposium, which focussed mainly on role of Shura members in Dhofar’s positive engagement and development.
Event organiser Middle East Consulting and Social Studies Centre exhorted legal experts and other stakeholders to understand the importance of Shura Council in totality and in the larger interest of people.
The Centre’s CEO Ali bin Suhail Tabuk laid stress on Shura experience and sought for active participation of the members in the context of modernisation and development.
The most important objective of the symposium, according to Tabuk, was to raise awareness for “social role and moral obligation of the candidates and to identify the local needs of Dhofar.”
300656Salim al Mashani, Shura Member from Taqah, emphasised on the need of some constitutional amendments to make the body more dynamic, responsive and people’s friendly.
“The Ash’shura Council needs to have more participation in policy making particularly in the areas where local development and social empowerment are involved. At the same time the members should be aware of their duties and rights,” he said.
Khalifa Saif al Hinai, former judge and Supreme Court lawyer, sought clarity in voting age of voters and the Shura Council members. He insisted on the fact that the voting right for Shura elections should be 18 years instead of the present 21 years. He also spoke about the issues related to educational qualification of the candidates and called for general awareness among the voters to make them able to choose right candidates who can serve them in a better way. The speakers dwelt upon Oman’s long history of civil society, which moved hand in hand with other machineries like public and private sectors.
SOURCE: OMAN DAILY OBSERVER