Procedure for selection of FNC representatives of emirates announced

ABU DHABI — The President, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, issued here yesterday a Supreme Council Decree No. 4 for 2006, specifying the procedures for selecting representatives of the emirates to the Federal National Council (FNC).

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Published: Sat 12 Aug 2006, 9:59 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 6:09 PM

Article 1 of the decision stipulates that representatives of each emirate in the FNC shall be selected in accordance with the constitution and also on the basis of the following:

1. Half of the representatives of each emirate to the FNC shall be elected by an electoral body which shall be at least 100 times as much as the number of its representatives in the FNC.

2. The other half of the members shall be appointed by the Ruler.

Article 2 of the decree empowers the UAE President to issue regulations pertaining to the implementation of this decree.

The decree will come into force from the date of its publication in the official gazette.

According to Minister of state for FNC Affairs Dr Anwar Mohammed Gargash, the decree spells out the constitutional arrangement for selecting representatives of the emirates to the FNC. This decree, he added, is consistent with the provisions of Article (69) of the constitution as well as with the directives of President Khalifa, as contained in his address to the nation on December 1, 2005. In that address which was adopted by the Supreme Council as a national policy blueprint, Shaikh Khalifa underlined the need to invigorate the role of the FNC.

“This decree is a significant step because it will pave the way for UAE citizens to select their representatives to the FNC. It will certainly usher in a new era of parliamentary life.

“The decree also underscores the keenness of President Khalifa to achieve greater progress and prosperity in the uae through involvement of the citizens in the process of decision-making”, said Dr Gargash.

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