A Bahraini woman votes on the referendum on National Action Charter in Manama Image Credit:

Excitement marks Bahrain vote

2001 - Thousands of Bahrainis lined up at polling stations across the country to vote in the first referendum of its kind in the Gulf region — offering landmark reforms, including voting rights to all citizens, men and women above the age of 21. The two-day referendum on the National Action Charter, which will bring about constitutional changes and economic and social reforms, calls for a partially-elected parliament, a constitutional monarchy and an independent judiciary. Votes will be counted by a committee comprising the President of the High Civil Court, along with 10 civil and religious judges. The results will be announced 24 hours after counting is completed. Bahrainis appeared buzzing with excitement as they waited for their turn to vote.

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