FNC elections: 'Focus on candidates who care for families'

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FNC elections: Focus on candidates who care for families
Emiratis cast their votes at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre on the second day of the FNC elections, on Tuesday.

Abu Dhabi - Solid family is foundation of future, voters told.

By Jasmine Al Kuttab

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Published: Wed 30 Sep 2015, 12:00 AM

Last updated: Wed 30 Sep 2015, 9:33 AM

Candidates at the FNC polling station at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre urged voters to pick those who have the best interest of families.
Shamma Khamis Al Hameli told Khaleej Times that her focus will be on Emirati families. She believes that a solid family is the core foundation of the future. "Family is most important," she said, adding that, "if the family is strong, the country will be strong."
The 36-year-old HR manager pointed out that mothers and children must be given priority. "I believe that when a mother has a baby, she should spend the first two years with the baby. This is the time the baby's personality develops and it's a crucial period for the child's future," she added.
However, it is not just the creation of families Al Hameli wants to focus on, but also its disintegration. Al Hameli believes that the growing number of divorce cases in the UAE is of great concern. "I will focus on divorce rates because this is a huge problem here," she highlighted.
"These days many young girls seek divorce a few months after they get married. We must focus on this issue, we need to study the issue and work on it. We can't just keep letting our children get married and then get divorced. We are also wasting a lot of money on weddings," she pointed out.
Mohammed Al Rashedi, another candidate also wishes to create a message of a family unit. It's not so much about giving back to the nation; it's more about standing with the leaders and showing appreciation, he said.
"We came here not just to give back to our country, but to simply say thank you," he said, adding that, "our mothers don't need us to pay them back for taking care of us, but they need us to show appreciation and to simply say thank you."
The 37-year-old, who is a manager at Al Ain Municipality, noted that he believes the FNC will help lead the country to a greater and more dynamic future.
"We want to lead the country to the top. We want to reach the level that we seek. We want to take care of the community, the families, the nation, the citizens and the foreigners," he said.
The graduate in political science from Eastern Washington University, also noted that at the end of the day it's not about how many votes one receives. "We are all winners today, all candidates are winners."
- jasmine@khaleejtimes.com

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