The National Elections Committee Approves the Fourth Federal National Council Election Cycle Timeline

01 July 2019

• The Committee activates digital platforms, • A new logo unveiled • No election silence in the upcoming cycle for the first time • 5 October is the main election day • Overseas voting to take place on 22 and 23 September, early voting from 1 to 3 October

As part of its sustained efforts to ensure transparency, integrity and accuracy of the Federal National Council (FNC) elections, the National Elections Committee (NEC) today announced the timeline of the upcoming fourth election cycle.

The timeline announced outlines all of the steps and processes, including opening of registration for applications at application centres on 7 August 2019, candidate’s registration at polling stations commencing on 18 August that will continue for five days, and the announcement of the preliminary list of candidates on 25 August 2019. The National Elections Committee (NEC) will receive objections against candidates over the next three days, and will reply to these objections by 1 September 2019. 

The final list of candidates will be announced on 3 September, while the names of the candidate representatives should be presented on 4 September according to the terms set out in the executive regulations. The candidates will launch their election campaigns on 8 September, with the deadline for candidate withdrawal, if any, set for 15 September.

According to the timeline, overseas voting will run from 22 to 23 September, while early voting takes place from 1 to 3 October 2019. Allowing voters to cast their ballot before the official election deadline, early voting is seen to help increase participation and give voters more flexibility to cast their votes at their convenience, especially those with conditions that prevent them from performing their electoral duties.The timeline has set 5 October as the main election day, during which the results of the preliminary count will be announced. Appeals will start on 6 October and continue for two days, with the committee replying to these appeals on the 9th - 10th October. The final list of elected candidates will be announced on 13 October unless supplementary elections are held.

For the first time, this year’s elections will not witness any election silence that usually prevents candidates from campaigning 48 hours before voting begins. This new initiative aims to enhance candidate-voter relations and improve outreach and engagement.

Promoting awareness

His Excellency Abdulrahman bin Mohamed Al Owais, Minister of State for FNC Affairs and Chairman of NEC, said: “The early announcement of the election timeline establishes a transparent relationship with all parties involved, especially voters, enhances their awareness about the electoral process and paves the way for effective participation. This step will go a long way in ensuring the success of the fourth elections cycle that witnesses significant interest and growth in the number of electoral bodies.”

Activating digital platforms and launching the NEC App

In parallel, NEC announced the launch of the elections digital platforms that will provide voters and the public with comprehensive information about the next cycle. These include the website, as well as the official social networking platforms on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. NEC introduced the new National Election Committee smart application that can be downloaded on Apple iOS devices via Apple Store and on Android devices via Google Play.

The Committee has launched a call centre for the fourth cycle of the elections. NEC also unveiled the new logo of the 2019 elections. The design and concept of the logo reflect the directive of the UAE President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan to increase the representation of Emirati women in FNC to 50 per cent in the upcoming electoral cycle.

Further information on the fourth cycle of the FNC elections is available on its social media pages, NEC website and app, or over the phone on 600500005.

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