SHARJAH - Their Highnesses Members of the Supreme Council and Rulers of the Emirates Dr Shaikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi of Sharjah, Shaikh Saud bin Rashid Al Mu’alla of Umm Al Quwain and Shaikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi of Fujairah on Saturday praised the President, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, in promoting the parliamentary culture in the country.
On the occasion of the elections to the Federal National Council (FNC) on Saturday, Shaikh Sultan said the UAE under leadership of Shaikh Khalifa has been moving steadily to the parliamentary life in fulfillment to his call of 2005.
He added that the new political era involves Emiratis to elect their representatives to discuss their living conditions and social issues with transparency. The Ruler of Sharjah called on the members of the electoral college to discern importance of the electoral process in which they will elect their representatives. He urged them to exercise their national rights when they cast their votes. In Umm Al Quwain, Shaikh Saud praised the vision of Shaikh Khalifa and His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, in promoting the parliamentary culture.
He urged members of the electoral college to actively and responsibly participate in the process to select the 20 new representatives in the FNC.
Shaikh Khalifa has granted the people of the UAE political freedom to select their representatives in the FNC and it is now the people’s duty to exercise their political rights responsibly, Shaikh Hamad said in a statement published in Saturday’s ‘Al Ittihad’ newspaper. “It is a day to be proud of in every sense of the phrase. On the National Day, we proudly mark our union. Today, we celebrate democracy and political freedom,” he said. In the morning, Shaikh Hamad visited the main polling station at the Fujairah Exhibition Centre, where he was briefed about the election process.
Commenting on the turnout, he said, “What I saw today reflects awareness about the elections and national duty as well,” indicating that all were ready and keen to cast their votes.
Former FNC Speaker Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair commended the huge turnout of voters at the polling stations. In a statement after casting his vote at the Dubai World Trade Centre polling station, he said the turnout reflects the parliamentary awareness among the citizens.
“The participation of such a number in this elections puts responsibility on the FNC to tackle issues that concern the State and citizens”, Al Ghurair added, citing the general role of women in the FNC.
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