So, from 7 a.m to 7 p.m yesterday tens of thousands (or hundreds of thousands?) of Omanis went to place their votes for Majlis Al Shura 2011-2015 (closest Oman will ever get to having a parliament). I did not vote because elections in Salalah are driven by tribal power and at the moment, there's no point. None of the my peers voted either. According to Twitter, 24,074 people in Salalah voted for 2-seats out of 32 candidates. Looks like a protest leader got the highest votes. Quite interesting. In Taqah (a town east of Salalah), the winner was also a protest leader who was in jail for 52 days after the army took over Freedom Square Parking Lot on May 12. I'm impressed. I thought you weren't allowed to step forward as a candidate with a criminal record.
So, winners in Dhofar are:
Taqah: Salim Mohammed Salim Al Mashani (protest leader)
Thumrait: Salim Said Salim Ghawas
Salalah: Salim Suhail Al Sum Bait Said + Salim Ali Ahmed Al Kathiri
Rakhyut: Mohammed Salim Issa Al Amri
Sadah: Ramis Amer Al Mahri
Mirbat: Salim Mohammed Faraj Al Shahri
Shaleem & Hilanyiat Islands: Maktoom Al Mahri
Maqshan: Saleh Al Shashai
Dhalkut: Ahmed Salim Ali Rafait
Mazyoona: Salim Said Al Harizi
As I anticipated, no women won in Dhofar. One of them walked away with over 100 votes, but that's about it. For Salalah, Salim Bait Said walked away with around 5000 votes according to my sources, but I'm waiting for official information. The second person had over 2000 votes. Said Saad Al Shahri (former Shura member) almost won again, but Salim Al Kathiri beat him by 170 votes. Keep in mind that tribal committees counted voters ages ago, and could calculate who would win. No surprise for Salalah. If you want to see the total list of winner from Oman, here's the link. Only one woman made it to Majlis Al Shura in Oman even though there were 77 female candidates. Tsk tsk.