Court orders municipality to reinstate political banners

October 4, 2010

Muneera's banner being removed

A Bahraini court has ordered the central municipality to reinstate political banners that it had removed on the grounds that they were referring to corruption.

Local authorities in Isa Town, 10 kilometres south of the capital Manama, claimed that the message “Enough to corruption” on the billboards warranted their removal from public areas.

However, the court on Monday ruled that the 17 billboards put up by Muneera Fakhroo, a candidate in the parliamentary elections, in her constituency were not offensive and should be allowed.

The court decision was immediately hailed as a distinction for the court and a vindication for Muneera who is running on a National Action Democratic Society (Waad), Bahrain’s largest political formation.

The society has fielded three candidates, one in the Central governorate and two, including its leader, in Muharraq Governorate.

Muneera on Sunday told Gulf News that she was confident she would win thanks to the support she enjoyed from young men and women and liberals in her constituency.

In 2006, she narrowly lost to Salah Ali, running on the Islamic Menbar ticket who went on to become one of the two deputy speakers of the lower chamber.

More than 310,000 Bahrainis will be voting in 35 lawmakers on October 23. Five candidates, including one woman, have already secured their seats in the 40-member chamber after their challengers have pulled out.

Bahrainis and foreigners who have a legal residence in Bahrain will also elect 40 municipal councilors in the quadrennial elections.

The elections high commission on Monday urged people who had evidence about corruption practices by candidates to submit them to help it take action against them.

Several people claimed that candidates were giving gifts to eligible voters to ensure their support when they cast their ballot on Election Day. However, no evidence has so far been presented.





About the author

Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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