"Some 150,000 men have registered to vote in elections scheduled to begin in the capital Riyadh on Feb. 10. Officials had estimated that at least 400,000 men would sign up before registration closed Thursday. Woman were barred from voting."
It's considered an improvement when only women are barred from voting. This is just a show from the desert version of Mordor. All government functions are controlled by the members of the ruling family. The kingdom is never going to relinquish it's power willingly. After the elections, the executions will continue as scheduled, women will still be treated as cattle by the mutaween (religious police), and the Shia will be repressed as before. What a joke.