One candidate withdraws nomination in Ajman

AJMAN — As today is the last day for canvassing votes, the number of contestants in the Federal National Council (FNC) elections in Ajman has dropped from 34 to 33. There are five women among the 33 remaining candidates.

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Published: Wed 21 Sep 2011, 12:45 AM

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

Believing it is not the right time for seeking FNC membership, businessman Khaled Jumah Hussain Mohammed Hussain Al Shaali (candidate No 805), who has a degree in international relations from the USA, has withdrawn his application for his candidature.

“Talking for people in the FNC is a major responsibility, and a member must be up to serve the people; otherwise I would be dishonest to compete for just prestige and membership,” Al Shaali told Khaleej Times on Tuesday.

“Though I have all the qualifications, skills and experience required, I would like to be more ready, experienced and, most importantly, give the floor for more prepared candidates for the good of my people,” he added.

Al Shaali said the UAE leadership has opened the door wide for political activity. “Our prudent leaders have trusted us and given us a good chance to be effectively involved in the development of our beloved country; we may never fail them as some only run after nomination for just cachet.”

Saeed Saif Al Matrooshi, Head of the Ajman National Election Committee, said all candidates are free to withdraw their nomination papers.

“Nonetheless, such a withdrawal must be done three days — September 21 — before the election day on September 24. An application form needs to be filled in, however,” he said, indicating personal reasons behind Al Shaali’s decision. Al Matrooshi said voters in the emirate may cast their votes at the only polling station in the Ajman University of Science and Technology. “The polling station will be open from 8am to 7pm.” Meanwhile, the Ajman candidates, who could collect their nomination cards today, must come to the polling station at 7.30am with the cards. “Without the nomination cards, they would not be given access to the polling station which they may enter as many times as they wish, yet holding their ID cards,” he said.

Further, Al Matrooshi said 19 of the Ajman’s 33 contestants have asked permission for campaigning, and five of these have renewed their permits. “Only 10 nominees have agents or representatives in the Ajman FNC elections, and those are entitled to approach the polling stations whenever they wish.”

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