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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".
Ali Majid Al Matroushi, a former representative from Ajman, said the political franchise should be extended to all eligible citizens in keeping with the Presidential Decree.
Meanwhile a growing number of Africans in the Transvaal's countryside would have been able to qualify for the political franchise under the Cape formula.
KUWAIT, May 15 (KUNA) -- Kuwaiti women celebrate on Saturday attaining their political franchise on May 16, 2005, when the National Assembly headquarters witnessed a historic session with 35 MPs blessing amendment of the electoral law's first article, thus granting them the right to vote and run for polls.
As to reported arrest of some people, he said the arrestees tried to ban other citizens from practicing their political franchise.
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.
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.