Bahrain poll has 84 candidates
Cairo - A total of eighty-four candidates, including nine women, are to run in Bahrain's parliamentary by-elections due to be held on September 24, Bahrain's governmental Information Affairs Authority said on Thursday, as the deadline for announcing candidacies expired.
They will fight for the eighteen seats available in the 40-seat parliament.
Almost all the candidates will be running as independents in the election, which is being boycotted by al-Wefaq, Bahrain's major opposition Shi'ite group.
In February, eighteen lawmakers from al-Wefaq quit the 40-seat parliament in protest at the government's crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in the Sunni-ruled kingdom the majority of whose population are Shi'ites.
"The Government of Bahrain is urging as many voters as possible to take part in the elections," said the Information Affairs Authority.
Minister of Justice Sheikh Khalid bin Ali Al-Khalifa has warned that any threats to the upcoming elections will be a "betrayal of the nation".