469 candidates on preliminary list for FNC elections

ABU DHABI - The National Election Committee (NEC) has announced the preliminary list of 469 candidates for the Federal National Council elections scheduled for the 24th of September 2011. The final list will be announced on August 28.

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Published: Sat 20 Aug 2011, 10:17 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 5:11 AM

Nominations submitted by a number of candidates have been turned down as they did not fulfill the official candidate registration requirements. The Emirates’ Election Committees receives applications and forwards them to the Election Management Committee which in turn reviews the applications. Those applications that do not fulfil the official candidate requirements are turned down while only those that meet all requirements are accepted.

The preliminary list includes members of the electoral colleges who nominated themselves as candidates. The total number of candidates in Abu Dhabi is 117, Dubai 124, Sharjah 94, Ras Al Khaimah 60, Ajman 34, Umm Al Quwain 19, and Fujairah, 21.

The UAE’s focus on enabling women to participate actively in the political life reflects clearly in the preliminary list, which includes 85 female candidates, 22 in Abu Dhabi, 26 in Dubai, 16 in Sharjah, 9 in Ras Al Khaimah, 5 in Ajman, 4 in Umm Al Quwain and 3 in Fujairah.

“The announcement of the preliminary list of candidates marks a significant step along the road towards FNC elections 2011. With this step, the members of the electoral colleges assume a key role in terms of participation or choosing their representatives for the Council,” said Dr. Anwar Mohammed Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Minister of State for Federal National Council and Chairman of the National Election Committee.

“The increase in the number of candidates in this year’s elections shows the growing political awareness among the electoral college members. We saw candidates submitting their applications across all the emirates responsibly, indicating a higher level of maturity in the electoral experience in its second edition,” said Dr Gargash.

“The registration of candidates went ahead smoothly and positively as the National Election Committee and the UAE Committees co-operated fully to ensure the success and effectiveness of the electoral process in every stage,” he added.

The National Election Committee compiled the preliminary list of candidates after reviewing all the applications received and ensuring that each candidate met the eligibility criteria.

The UAE Committees provided each candidate with an ID code, which will identify the candidate and be used in the electronic voting system. A vote can be cast by pressing on the image of the candidate or on his ID number on the electronic voting machine.

Objections against candidates in the preliminary list can be filed from the 21st to the 23rd of August. The National Election Committee will look into these objections on the 24th and 25th of August before announcing the final list on the 28th of August.



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