There’s a piece at Reuters called No votes for women in Saudi municipal elections:
Women in Saudi Arabia will not be allowed to vote in the long-delayed municipal elections to be held in September, the election commission said on Monday.
“There is nothing to stop the participation of the woman but this needs some preparations and we cannot make these preparations in all regions of the kingdom,” the commission said in a statement.
Voter registration opens on April 23 and the elections will be held on September 22, an official at the commission told Reuters.
Prince Mansour also could not say whether women would be allowed to take part in the next round of municipal elections in 2009, stressing that would be up to the committee planning those polls.
The electoral law has no provisions explicitly banning women, he said.
“It’s difficult, given the limited period of time we have, for ladies to participate in the elections,” the prince said at a news conference.
There’s a lot more nuance to the whys and wherefores, obviously, so please click through to the articles.