[JURIST] Saudi Arabian men went to the polls Thursday to vote in municipal elections around the country, marking the first elections ever held by the country. The election was for 127 local government seats around the country in the first of three local elections to be held through April. More than 1,800 candidates stood for the elections, with many of them competing for seven seats in the capital Riyadh. Saudi women were not allowed to vote [JURIST report] or run in the elections, for which the Saudi government [Saudi Arabia information network] was criticized by many. Read a Saudi press release on the elections. AP has more.