Qatar election campaigns intensify on social media ahead of vote

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As billboards and banners fill the streets around Doha and beyond, some candidates have preferred to use social media to advance their campaigns, as the hashtag “Qatari Shura Council Election” has been trending on Twitter.

The elections, scheduled for October 2, are the first to be held in Qatar [AFP/Getty]

Election campaigns in Qatar are intensifying in the streets as well as on social media, as the tiny Gulf emirate prepares for its first parliamentary elections scheduled for next week.

As billboards and banners fill the streets around Doha and beyond, some candidates have preferred to use social media to advance their campaigns, as the hashtag “Qatari Shura Council Election” has been trending on Twitter.

Offers are even made to candidates by local newspapers to convince them to promote their election campaigns in their publications, on their websites and on their social media pages.

So far, about 30 percent of the total applicants have resorted to this tactic.

Offers include posting candidate news, media coverage, advertisements, content creation, managing social media accounts, and more. Prices for these services ranged from 150,000 to 500,000 Qatari rials for just over two weeks, the length of the election campaign.

Although no official statistics on social media users are available in Qatar, it is believed that over 50% of the estimated 2.8 million people living in the country have accounts on various social media platforms. Snapchat is at the forefront among the youngest.

The Qataris will elect 30 members to the 45-seat body on October 2, while Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani will continue to appoint the remaining 15 members.

The Council will have legislative authority and will approve general state policies and the budget. It will also exercise control over the executive, with the exception of defense, security, economic and investment policy bodies.

The October polls sparked a debate over electoral inclusion after some members of the Al Mullah tribe found themselves ineligible to vote under a law limiting voting to Qataris whose families were in the country before 1930 .

Small but rich gas producer which already organizes municipal elections, Qatar bans political parties like other Arab Gulf countries.


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