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The right to vote at public elections.


noun affranchisement, autonomy, choice, emancipation, enfranchisement, exemption from connrol, exemption from restraint, franchise, freedom, freeeom of choice, liberation, liberty, license, manumission, option, popular decision, prerogative, right to vote, say, self-determination, self-government, suffragium, voice, vote
Associated concepts: election law, voters' rights
See also: discretion, franchise

SUFFRAGE, government. Vote; the act of voting.
     2. The right of suffrage is given by the constitution of the United States, art. 1, s. 2, to the electors in each state, as shall have the qualifications requisite for electors of the most numerous branch of the state legislature. Vide 2 Story on the Const. Sec. 578, et seq.; Amer. Citiz. 201; 1 Bl. Com. 171; 2 Wils. Lect. 130; Montesq. Esp. des Lois, Ii v. 11, c. 6; 1 Tucker's Bl. Com. App. 52, 3. See Division of opinion.

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Bin Shabib expressed the hope that the Rulers of the Emirates "will extend the political franchise to the largest possible section of citizens in this year's polls, so that in a short period of time the majority of the population in each emirate will be eligible to vote and run for elections".
Many Africans in the Transvaal hoped that they would be granted the political franchise in recognition of their economic potential and for the services they had rendered to the British during and immediately after the war.
Al-Khaldi said issues such as combating anti-women violence, political franchise and civil rights, solidifying social status are among major causes that have been adopted by the commission, making achievements in these sectors particularly with enacting of legislations intended to safeguard such rights.
In May 2005, the Kuwaiti women gained political franchise, occupying seats in the Parliament and the Municipality.
2006 -- Kuwaiti women began, for the first time in the history of the country, practicing right of political franchise.
Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad also worked for development and modernization of Kuwait, thus during his reign, the Civil Service Commission was established, in 1978, and Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC), was also founded, in 1980 The late leader was staunch supporter of women political franchise.
With time, the status of the Kuwaiti women significantly improved, and now women serve as ministers, directors, enjoy political franchise and occupy various senior posts.