According to Saar Online which has been following the Al-Wefaq vote on whether to register under the new Political Societies law:
1754 people participated in the vote
972 voted YES
127 voted NO
Well the numbers don’t add up, however it is quite apparent that the Ayes far outnumbers the Nays. So we’ll have Al-Wefaq now officially registering under the much debated political societies law, which to me is a precursor for them to enter the parliamentary elections in 2006 although they’re not coming out and saying that outright yet.
In any case, this is Good News
Meantime, the other boycotting society, the National Democratic Action Society‘s members voted by a margin of 66% to register under the new law and change their name to “Promise” (Ã™Ë†Ã˜Â¹Ã˜Â¯).
Both societies will be holding their General Meetings in the next few days to approve their new Bylaws which are expected to veer towards those of a political party, rather than a “society” as we know it.
To me, this is excellent progress.