NUA to contest poll.
National Unity Assembly (NUA) members are holding high-level talks about fielding a candidate from Hidd to replace former Al Asala Bloc MP Ghanim Al Buainain, who was appointed Minister of State for Foreign Affairs.
It would be the first time the society stands for elections, after refusing to enter last year's by-election to replace 18 Al Wefaq MPs who resigned during the unrest, saying it wanted to establish itself as a key political group before entering parliament.
The society said it would announce detailed plans for its election campaign in the coming days.
"I can say at this moment that everything is open and we are discussing fielding a candidate, who represents the views of the society for the upcoming by-election in Hidd,"said NUA deputy secretary-general Abdulla Al Howaihi.
"This is no doubt it is a good opportunity for us being a political society and if we do not make the best of this then what is the purpose of being a political group?
"We also have no problem backing a female candidate provided she meets the requirements of the society such as promoting its goal and objectives."
Sunni Islamist blocs Al Menbar and Al Asala are also expected to announce if they would enter the race on June 16 to elect a representative from Muahrraq constituency eight, which covers Hidd.
Candidates will start submitting their nominations from May 19 to 21.
NUA was formed during the height of last year's unrest to give a voice to those who felt they were not represented by anti-government protesters, who took to the streets in February and March, according to its founders.
It was approved as a political society on June 28 by the Justice, Islamic Affairs and Endowments Ministry and 25 members elected to its board of directors for a 12-month term.
It operates from its headquarters in Busaiteen and has a branch in West Riffa, where it continues to mobilise supporters in the area.
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