A victory for all, declare candidates

ABU DHABI — It will be a victory for all, no matter who wins, said Abu Dhabi candidates running for the second Federal National Council (FNC) elections.

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Published: Sun 25 Sep 2011, 11:07 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 10:56 AM

Talking to Khaleej Times after casting their votes at the ADNEC polling centre on Saturday, a number of candidates in Abu Dhabi showed sportsmanspirit saying they will have no regret if they failed to secure seats in the council. “We are all winners at the end of the day,” Mansour Al Fahim said when asked about his expectations of the results.

However, he said he was happy with his campaign with a good response from well-wishers.

Al Fahim said: “The campaign went very well. The most important thing is that it was a good start today with a smooth process. We are really motivated with this good experience of our second elections. Hopefully, the next elections will see a greater and broader participation.”

Shabib Hamad Sultan Al Darmaki wants to see four best qualified members are sent to the council by the voters. He said: “We want to see four most qualified elected members representing the people of Abu Dhabi in the FNC. It does not matter if I lose the elections, as long as the right people are elected. However with my successful campaign, I’m optimistic.”

About his participation in the poll, 38-year-old Shabib, whose father Hamad Sultan Al Darmaki is a former FNC member, said it was his second experience.

“I contested the last elections in 2006. But this time, the experience is different. In 2006, there were only around 6,000 voters, and now we have over 47,000 in Abu Dhabi emirate alone. This is a huge difference. The way the polling started this morning, and the way it is heading to end is really encouraging. Everything has been really smooth.”


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