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Saudi Women Are Tweeting Photos Of Themselves Voting For The First Time

Since the election over the weekend, women have been sharing photos of the moment they cast their vote in the historic election.

Posted on December 14, 2015, at 8:21 a.m. ET

For the first time in the country’s history, Saudi Arabia has opened its ballots to women.

In the historic election, which took place at the weekend, 130,000 women registered to vote and 978 ran as candidates.

At least 20 women won municipal council seats across the country, according to the AP.

Since the historic election took place, women in Saudi Arabia have been sharing photos of themselves voting for the first time.

#الانتخابات_البلدية لو حرمت تعسفيا من حقي في الترشح فمازلت متمسكة بحقي في التصويت لأختيار من يمثلني في المجلس ✌🏻️

Many women across the country tweeted photos of themselves outside the voting room, saying it was their "right to vote."

لحظة وضع ورقة التصويت بيد امرأة في صندوق الاقتراع لحظة تاريخية ، والمشاركة حق لا تتخلون عنه .#الانتخابات_البلدية

The women who were elected are being praised by supporters in the country for making history.

5. Dr Lama Al Sulaiman, first #Saudi woman elected in municipal elections ✌️

Women first began registering to vote in August, but the ruling to allow women to vote was first announced by King Abdullah in 2011.

#الاتتخابات_البلدية أتمنى لكل سيدة عملت جاهدة لدعم تمثيل النساء كمرشحة او ناخبة او مدربة ان يذكرها الوطن في قراره 🌹

Here’s to all #Saudi women who went to the polls, made their voices heard and paved the way to generations to come!

On voting day, some filmed themselves at polling stations and wished good luck to those running as candidates.

للتو انتهيت من التصويت لمرشحتي في #الانتخابات_البلدية وبالتوفيق لجميع المرشحات والمرشحين 😊

Emoji-filled tweets showed the joy many felt after they cast their votes.

انتخبت 👍👍👍 ✌✌VOTED #مبادرة_بلدي #انتخابات_السعودية #الانتخابات_البلدية @abuhamad1 @baladi_jeddah @baladiwomen

Saudi Arabia's record on women’s rights has been ranked as one of the worst in the world by the U.N. – but that didn't stop women taking selfies to celebrate the day.

@SheikhaSudairy and her great friends just finished voting🎉 Go #Saudi ✌🏼️ #صوتك_يفرق

Photos of women smiling while placing their vote in ballot boxes were shared widely on Twitter by those living in Saudi Arabia and abroad.

بنت اخوية نائلة نزيه نصيف

#صوتك_يفرق 💚🇸🇦 اليوم ..يوم تاريخي للمرأة السعودية ١٢/١٢/٢٠١٥ #10KSA 🎀

Some women decided to take their children along to the polling locations so they could witness the historic moment.

Took my kids to witness as I cast my #vote in the municipal elections! #history #saudi #صوتك_يفرق

@Salma_alrashid & @hiba_alzamil just finished voting🎉 Go #Saudi #صوتك_يفرق

Women of all ages were snapped casting their vote.

#صوتك_يفرق #صوتك_امانة ماما يديها الصحة والعافية.. نائلة محمد صالح نصيف --- --- Sent by WhatsAp

@MozahsS just voted! Let's get out the vote 🌟

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