NEC all set for elections

DUBAI — The National Elections Committee (NEC) discussed the latest arrangements and measures taken for carrying out the elections process scheduled to be held on September 24.

By (Staff Reporter)

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Published: Sat 17 Sep 2011, 12:02 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 10:55 AM

The arrangements for holding the elections nation-wide were reviewed at a meeting held in Dubai yesterday. The meeting was presided over by Dr Anwar Mohammed Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Minister of State for the Federal National Council Affairs and also Chairman of the NEC.

The meeting discussed the latest developments related to the preparation for the election day, the prominent among them being arrangements at the polling centres, electronic voting system, efforts of the media and publicity committee regarding identifying the electoral process and how to conduct it, as well as the measures for publishing necessary information for the voters and the candidates.

“The efforts made by the NEC at this stage focused on finalising all the requirements for conducting the elections process, especially those related to the polling centres and electronic voting system,” Dr Gargash said.

“According to the reports which were discussed at the meeting, I could say that all the requirements have come to their final entirety, and the polling stations will be ready within the next few days, and the whole logistic and procedural process will come to an end in a week’s time prior to the date of elections,” he added.

“The NEC has provided all means which enable the voter to practice his electoral right easily. Therefore, we hope that all voters participate in electing their candidates on September 24,” he said, noting that the robust rate of participation in the elections will send a strong message from the UAE citizens with their desire and interest in developing the election process and activate the role of the Federal national Council.”

He further urged all segments of the electoral authorities, especially youth and women, to participate in the elections. He added that women voters should pick the most capable candidate who can serve the country and the citizens.

“We hope that all lady voters fulfill the responsibility given to them by the country’s leadership, through their representation by 46 per cent in the electoral authorities, the percentage which equals the normal percentage in the society,” he added.

“The Emirati youth are the assets to and the future of the nation, and they have a national duty to do so in the electoral process, through voting which reflects their wishes in contributing to serving the United Arab Emirates,” he said.

The committee has also taken into consideration all regulatory matters including spacious areas and car parks for the convenience of the voter.

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