The Saudi Monarchy offered a rare boon to Saudi women. They were granted not only voting right but also right to contest the civic polls. In all 1,30,000 women obtained right to vote. Women have no rights till now in the highly Islamic conservative society of Saudi Arabia. The king rules the country while the civil administration is entrusted to civic bodies.
In all 900 women contested the elections for the first time.
The king went a step further and appointed 30 women to his council of advisors.
Ms. Salma Bint Hizab Otebi created recorded as the first women to be elected to a public office in the country for the first time. She won her election from Mecca.
Suffrage to women was taken in principle during the reign of the late king Abdullah.