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National Election Commission releases regulations for polls

A Staff Reporter
Filed on October 5, 2006

DUBAI —The National Election Commission (NEC) yesterday issued the executive regulations for elections in accordance with the UAE Cabinet Order No (4 )of 2006 and the resolution No (3) for 2006 on the mechanisms for selection of representatives of emirates to the Federal National Coucil (FNC) issued by the President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Resolution No (1/1/2006) outlines the general rules for elections under which it allows every UAE citizen registered with the electoral college in his emirate to cast his vote only in the emirate he represents and not in any other emirate.

Under the general rules, every voter has one vote and he can elect more than one candidate of the emirate he represents provided that the number should not exceed half the seats allocated for the emirate at the FNC. A voter is not allowed to vote more than once in an election round. He is not allowed to deputise or represent any other person to cast his electoral vote.

The NEC shall be in charge of announcing the list of candidates for each emirate, issuing a time frame for elections, setting dates of the start of candidacy, grace period of withdrawal of candidacy, date of holding elections in each emirate and grace period for challenges and date for announcement of final results.

Under the rules, the NEC will also set up sub-committees of elections and determine their functions, besides setting up teamworks for running the elections process and have the authority to deputise and second government official for assistance.

Other functions of the NEC were also outlined in the resolution with regard to approving proposals submitted by the elections management committee on forms, schedules, documents and official seals of elections, approving voting centres in each emirate as well as financial bonus proposed by the elections management committee and announcing the final results of winners of elections and taking necessary measures with regard to their membership in the FNC.

The NEC will look into any violations that could hinder the progress of elections or obstruct implementation of issued instructions, and take action by warning member of the electoral college of withdrawal from electoral lists or from the list of candidates for the current or future elections, cancel any names stated in the elections lists, even they are final, revoke the licence of advertisment and promotion given to the candidate, and fine the errant candidate not more than Dh 5,000. Other penalties include abrogating the candidancy, cancelling the results of elections of the emirate and force the candidate or the voter to deliver the NEC any funds he obtained in breach of provisions of these regulations, in addition to compelling the candidate to remove any violations with regard to elections campaign and fix any ensuing damages at his own expense.

The resolution stipulated the formation of four sub-committees and detailed their tasks. They include the Emirates Committee, Media Committee, Security Committee and the Elections Management Committee.

Every public servant can nominate himself for the FNC membership under the rules and he shall not assume his public job from the date of announcement of candidates lists, but can return to his job if he doesn’t win the FNC seat

If the candidate is a military personnel, he shoud furnish a certificate of leave from his employer. If he is a member of the judiciary, he should resign upon candidancy.

The resolution specified the elections campaign rules under which cast of votes shall be through direct secret balloting. Candidates can present their programmes through the local TV, radio and print media, hold symposia and press conferences according to to conditions laid down by the NEC. But they should refrain from incorporating ideas promoting or raising religious, sectarian, ethnic and tribal or bigotry against others. Similarly they are not allowed to launch any campaign involving any act of deception or fraud. Tactics of defamation or insulting others are prohibited in campaigns. Candidates are not allowed to spend on their campaigns from public funds, budgets of public ministries, departments and establishments. Public utilities are not to be used in campaigns. Also the use of SMSs is not allowed by companies in the campaign.

The rules have allowed candidates to raise donation from normal or legal individuals provided that these donations should not exceed the Dh2 million spending ceiling of campaigns, but prevented them from offering gifts to voters in cash or kind. Candidates should furnish account statements of the donations they receive to the emirate election committee. It is totally prohibited for candidates to receive funds or donations from outside the country or from foreign circles. All candidates shall be committed to spending a ceiling of campaigns of Dh 2 million, and to disclosing sources that finance their campaigns, besides submitting the campaign plan and budget to the elections management committee for approval.

No candidate shall be allowed to use the emblem or symbols of the UAE in his meetings, advertisments or electoral bulletins and all sorts of publications and illustrations. He is not allowed to use his campaighn for any purposes other than FNC elections. Government and semi- government schools, universities, institutes, mosques, hospitals, buildings, public parks and commercials malls should not be used in the candidate’s campaign.

Candidates are prohibited to post bulletins, advertisments or any types of illustrations or photos on vehicles or car. Also the use of loudspeakers are only allowed in halls assigned to this purpose. Campaigns shall be conducted individually by each candidate and candidates are not allowed to agree on unified electoral lists for the FNC elections or team up together directly or indirectly in running the campaigns. Similarly, candidates are prohibited from showing any illegal, direct or indirect behaviour or acting or using offending language or insult against other candidates. Campaigns should not include phrases, speeches, statements or bulletins that harm or touch any other candidate. Keeping in mind the role of the FNC member, the candidate should not announce during his campaign promises or plans breaching the powers of the FNC members.

Under the regulations, government departments or companies and corporations in which the government owns part of their stakes are not allowed to offer any forms of financial or moral support or any facilities or resources to any candidate or assume any act that can affect directly or indirectly the campaign of any candidate whether in favour of or against the candidate.

Also, officials of the government or any official authority are not allowed to back any candidate or run a campaign in favour of any candidate. On the day of elections,a candidate is not allowed to distribute — by himself or through others — action plans, bulletins or slips or any other dicuments.

Text of the Election Commission order

THE National Election Commission (NEC), after perusal of the Federal Cabinet Resolution No. 4 for 2006 and the resolution issued by the President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan No. 3 for 2006 on the mechanisms for the selection of representatives of emirates to the Federal National Council (FNC) issues the resolution No. 1 (1/2006) on the executive regulations for elections.

First (General Election Rules):

Article 2: Each emirate will have an electoral college representing a minimum of 200 seats at the FNC as per the constitution. Members of the electoral college shall be named by the Ruler of the emirate. The NEC shall issue the final lists of elections provided they shall include all information and data about the voter after making sure all requirements are met.

Article 3: Every UAE citizen registered with the electoral college in the emirate shall have the right to cast his vote.

Article 4: Every member of the electoral college shall have the right of election by himself in the emirate he represents. No voter is allowed to cast his vote in more than one emirate.

Article 5: Every voter has one vote and he can elect more than one candidate of the emirate he represents, provided that the number should not exceed half the seats allocated for the emirate at the FNC. The voter is not allowed to vote more than once in an election round. He is not allowed to deputise or represent another person to cast his electoral vote.

Article 6: The NEC shall announce the official list of voters for each emirate and the Elections Management Committee shall take all necessary measures to notify voters about it. The approved electoral lists shall be considered a foolproof document at the time of elections.

Second (The NEC):

Article 7: The NEC shall be assigned the following missions: (i) Announce the list of candidates for each emirate. (ii) Issue a time-frame schedule for elections, setting dates for start of candidacy, grace period for withdrawal of candidacy, date of holding elections in each emirate, and grace period for challenges and date for the announcement of the final results. (iii) Call for elections in each emirate and setting date for holding the same. (iv) Formulate sub-committees of elections and determine their functions. (v) Set up team works for running the election process and have the authority to deputise and second government official for assistance. (vi) Approve proposals submitted by the Elections Management Committee with regard to forms, schedules, documents, and official seals of elections. (vii) Approve voting centres in each emirate as per the recommendations of the Elections Management Committee. (viii) Approve financial bonus proposed by the Elections Management Committee. (ix) Announce the final results of winners of elections and take necessary measures with regard to their membership in the FNC.

Article 8: Without prejudice to the civilian and criminal liability of the offender, the NEC shall look into any violations that could hinder the progress of elections or obstruct implementation of issued instructions. The NEC has the authority to issue the following punishments: (i) Warn a member of the electoral college of withdrawal from electoral lists or from the list of candidates for the current or future elections. (ii) Cancel any names stated in the elections lists, even if they are final. (iii) Revoke the licence of advertisement and promotion given to the candidate. (iv) Oblige the candidate to pay a fine not more than Dh5,000. (v) Abrogate the candidacy. (vi) Cancel the results of elections of the emirate. (vii) Oblige the candidate or the voter to deliver the NEC any funds he obtained in breach of provisions of this regulation. (viii) Oblige the candidate to remove any violations with regard to the election campaign and fix any ensuing damages on his own expense.

Third (Sub-committees)

Media Committee

Article 14: Chairman of the NEC shall preside over the Media Committee and can seek assistance of a suitable number of efficient professionals and experts in this field.

Article 15: The Media Committee shall educate members of the public about the elections and urge them to participate in them. It shall coordinate with other media outlets to raise public awareness about elections.

Article 16: The Media Committee shall coordinate the use of official media organs by candidates to allow them to present their programmes. All candidates should be given equal opportunities.

Fourth (Rules of Candidacy)

Article 22: Each member of the electoral college can stand election for the FNC membership, but should meet the requirements stated in the constitution, and according to the specially tailored form within the fixed time. He should deposit Dh1,000 at the NEC’s coffer.

Article 24: Every public servant can nominate himself for the FNC membership. He shall not assume his public job from the date of announcement of candidates’ lists. He can return to his job if he does not win the FNC seat. His days off shall be either deducted from his annual normal leave, or be calculated as leave without pay if he has not enough balance. If the candidate is a military personnel, he should furnish a certificate of leave from his employer. If he is a member of the judiciary, he should resign upon candidacy.

Fifth (Election Rules)

Article 26: The cast of votes shall be through direct secret balloting.

Article 28: The election shall start at 8am in each emirate.

Article 32: Illiterate, vision-impaired and special needy voters who cannot cast their votes by themselves shall vote before the person in charge of the Elections Centre Committee in the presence of its member.

Article 33: The Elections Centre Chairman shall be responsible for maintaining order in the centre. Policemen are not allowed to enter the balloting booths, unless there is an emergency situation and if called by the committee chairman. However, they can enter to cast their votes.

Article 34: The vote-casting shall continue after 7pm if there are voters in the balloting centre who did not cast their vote.

Article 44: The mission of the member of the FNC is to represent the people of the UAE Federation and not his own emirate alone. The candidate should specifically observe the following: (i) Strive to strengthen national identity and serve public interest. (ii) Preserve values and principles of the local society, and respect regulations and public order. (iii) His campaign should not incorporate ideas promoting or raising religious, sectorial, ethnic, and tribal bigotry against others.

Sixth (Election Campaign Rules)

Article 45: Candidates can present their programmes through the local TV, radio and print media, hold symposia and Press conferences according to to conditions laid down by the NEC.

Article 46: Candidates are not allowed to launch any campaign involved any act of deception or fraud. Tactics of defamation or insult against others are prohibited in campaigns.

Article 47: Candidates are not allowed to spend on their campaigns from public funds, budgets of public ministries, departments and establishments. Public utilities are not be used in campaigns.

Article 48: Each candidate can raise donation from normal or legal individuals provided these donations do not exceed the spending ceiling of campaigns. The candidate should furnish am account statement of these donations to the Emirate Election Committee.

Article 49: It is totally prohibited for a candidate to receive funds or donations from outside the country or from foreign circles.

Article 50: All candidates shall be committed to: (i) Not exceeding the spending ceiling of the campaign of Dh2 million.

(ii) Disclose sources that finance his campaigns. He should also present his campaign plan and budget to the Elections Management Committee for approval.

Article 51: Election campaign begins after the announcement of the final list of candidates and expires 48 hours before the end of the official working hours of the day preceding the election date.

Article 52: (i) No candidate shall be allowed to use the emblem or symbols of the State in his meetings, advertisements or electoral bulletins and all sorts of publications and illustrations. (ii) Candidate should not use his campaign for any purpose other than the FNC elections. (iii) The government and semi-government schools, universities, institutes, mosques, hospitals, buildings, public gardens and commercial malls should not be used in the candidate’s campaign. (iv) Loudspeakers are only allowed in halls assigned for this purpose.

Article 53: Campaigns shall be conducted individually, and it is prohibited for candidates to agree on unified electoral lists for FNC elections or team up together directly or indirectly in running the campaigns.

Article 54: The candidate is prohibited to lead any illegal direct or indirect behaviour or act or use offending language or insult against other candidates. The campaigns should not include phrases, speeches, statements, or bulletins that harm or touch any candidate. Keeping in mind the aspired role of the FNC member, the candidate should not announce, during his campaign, promises or plans breaching the powers of the FNC member.

Article 55: No government department, or company or a corporation which the government owns as part of its stake, is allowed to offer any forms of financial or moral support or any facilities or resources to any candidate or assume any act that can affect directly or indirectly in the campaign of any candidate, whether in favour of or against the candidate.

Article 56: (i) The Emirate Election Committee shall define the advertising tools and locations to post posters, signboards and portraits of candidates as per locally approved rules. Candidates should be given equal opportunities. (ii) Candidates are prohibited to post bulletins, advertisements, or any type of illustrations or photos on vehicles or cars. (iii) Candidates should conserve the environment and the beautiful face of the city. (iv) SMSs are not allowed by companies

for commercial use in the campaign. (v) Candidates are not allowed to present cash or kind gifts to voters.

Article 58: Officials of the government or official authority are not allowed to back any candidate or run a campaign in favour of any candidate.

Article 59: On the day of the elections, the candidate is not allowed to distribute — by himself or through others — action plans, bulletins or slips or any other documents.

Seventh (Challenges)

Article 61: A member of the Electoral College can contest through the Emirate Electoral Committee the candidacy of any candidate for acceptable reasons during the period specified by the NEC.

Article 62: Each candidate can contest the results of the elections and vote count by filling the form designed for this purpose by the Emirate Electoral Committee according to the following conditions: (i) He should submit the challenge during 48 hours from the announcement of initial results of votes count in the emirate. (ii) He should state reasons about procedures of balloting and vote count.

Article 63: The candidate should deposit Dh3,000 as a guarantee with the NEC. The fund shall only be refunded to him if a resolution is issued on his favour.

Article 64: Challenges shall be submitted to the coordinator of the Emirate Electoral Committee who shall raise them to the NEC. The resolution issued by the NEC shall be final and indisputable by any way.

Article 67: A complimentary election shall be held in the emirate whose election results are cancelled or that did not run elections. The NEC shall fix the date for balloting.

Article 67: If the seat of an FNC-elected member falls vacant before the house tenure by three months at least, the new member shall be the candidate who gained the largest number of votes in the reserve list of the emirate.

Approved by Dr Anwar Mohammed Gargash, Minister of State for FNC Affairs and NEC Chairman.


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