The Majlis A’shura is the lower house of the Omani Parliament ‘Oman Council’. The upper house is called State Council. It is a financially and administratively independent institution and is based in Muscat.
It was established in 1991 to replace the previous Consultative Council of the State. The Majlis has been accorded legislative and oversight competences to serve the country and the nation and participate in the development march.
The 86 members democratically elected for four-year terms , both men and women, are drawn from the 61 Wilayats (counties or provinces) of Oman. Wilayats with more than 30,000 people elect two members, while other provinces elect one member. All Omanis over the age of 21, men and women, may vote.