during its thirteenth meeting
Dr. Anwar Gargash: Voting from outside the country is an innovative step that we hope will lead to the consolidation of the electoral experience in the country.
The polling center committees abroad will receive the voters during the specified polling days, from 10 am to 6 pm, according to the time of the country in which the polling center is located.
The National Elections Committee held its thirteenth meeting in the presence of His Excellency Dr. Anwar Muhammad Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Minister of State for Federal National Council Affairs, Chairman of the National Elections Committee, and the National Elections Committee began its meeting by praying for the souls of the nation’s martyrs from the armed forces, as the committee expressed its sincere Condolences and sympathy to the leadership of the UAE, its people, the armed forces, and the families of the martyrs.
During the meeting, the committee discussed the latest preparations and measures taken to implement the voting process at the headquarters of the country's embassies and missions abroad, which is scheduled to take place in the period between 20-21 September 2015. The National Elections Committee had announced during the past two days that it had approved the polling centers inside and outside the country, in which they will be held. Voting in the Federal National Council elections 2015. The list of approved polling centers for voting abroad included 94 centers in the headquarters of embassies and diplomatic missions of the country.
During its meeting, the committee discussed the latest preparations related to preparing for voting abroad, including the completion of all preparations and the readiness of centers to receive voters, the voting mechanism, and the most important steps taken to disseminate all necessary information to voters who are abroad.
His Excellency Dr. Anwar Gargash indicated that the voting process from abroad is the first experience in the country, and an innovative step that we hope will lead to the consolidation of the electoral experience in the country, and it is also seen as an important step to develop the electoral process to reach an integrated electoral experience in the United Arab Emirates.
His Excellency Dr. Anwar Gargash stressed that the polling centers committees abroad will receive voters during the specified polling days from 10 am to 6 pm, according to the time of the country in which the polling center is located, noting that all centers are ready to receive voters on the approved dates for early voting according to the schedule. and that the National Elections Commission has worked hard to take all matters and precautions into account to ensure the success of the voting process.
His Excellency the Minister added that the committees supervising the electoral process have been provided with a guide to the procedures and systems for printing ballot papers, and the methodology for sorting and collecting votes, indicating that the National Elections Committee will work to dedicate a small operations room within the country to communicate with embassies to provide support and advice in case management teams need it. electoral centres.
During the meeting, the committee reviewed a comprehensive report on the electoral centers, their distribution, and the facilities that were placed in them to facilitate the electoral process and its implementation in an orderly manner. And the conformity of these sites to the approved design of the polling centers that was approved by the Centers Equipping Committee, in addition to the availability of suitable parking lots near the polling centers, and other important aspects of providing the appropriate place.
The committee also reviewed a presentation by the technical committee on the electronic voting system to find out all possible scenarios for the system to work on polling day, in order to ensure that the electoral process will proceed as planned.
The committee also approved a set of decisions, including the decision to form polling center committees abroad and specify their headquarters, the decision to form the polling center committee inside the country, and the decision to form the central sorting committee.
The National Committee thanked the General Secretariat of the Federal National Council for its initiative aimed at providing training workshops over a period of three days for the 2015 Council membership candidates with the aim of providing them with the necessary skills to manage, organize and plan electoral campaigns by highlighting a number of important axes that will serve them in the next period of their progress. The electoral process.
Members of the electoral colleges abroad will be able to cast their votes and participate in the 2015 Federal National Council elections in 94 centers at the headquarters of the country’s diplomatic missions, whether embassies or consulates, for the period between 20-21 September. Members of the electoral colleges can find out the addresses of the country’s diplomatic missions abroad from By visiting the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs: www.mofa.gov.ae and the website of the National Elections Committee: www.uaenec.ae
The National Elections Committee also calls on all citizens to verify that their names are included in the lists of electoral bodies so that they can exercise their right to vote on polling day, by visiting the committee’s website www.uaenec.ae or by calling the National Elections Committee call center 600500005.