(MENAFN - Arab News) Saudi businesswomen here have welcomed the move to have two days set aside for women in the 21st Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry's (JCCI) elections for a new board of directors.
Women were able to cast their ballots on Sunday at the Jeddah Events and Exhibitions Center.
Hana Allam, owner of Melty Bites, told Arab News that more women turned up this time because of the improved electronic voting system.
"They made the system so easy that I didn't have to bring any papers, just my ID card. The computer provided my registration number. It was so simple," she said.
Another voter, Sara Baghadadi, praised the JCCI for the new system and providing candidates with campaign booths where they could interact with voters.
"The polling system is very organized this year more so than the last time. It's very easy and has all the facilities under one roof. Each candidate has a designated area to publicize themselves. This year, lots of women came to vote which indicates that they value their votes," she said.
"It is very organized and does not require much time to cast one's vote. If people have forgotten to renew their JCCI membership, they can do it on the spot. There is no need to return on another day. For people casting votes on behalf of companies, they can get their power of attorney attested by the JCCI right there, which makes voting really easy," she said.
She said the system should be used for the municipal elections.
Feryal King, a Saudi lawyer, said she was casting her vote for the first time and was satisfied with the system and facilities.
She said it was important for JCCI members to cast their votes because they would be contributing to the economic future of the country.