The National Election Committee (NEC) today announced that candidate registration centers across the UAE are now accepting applications for Federal National Council (FNC) membership and will continue to do so until August 22, 2019. The official working hours of the centers extend from 8am to 3pm, Sunday to Thursday.
In Abu Dhabi, candidate registration centers are located on the second floor of the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the headquarters of the Abu Dhabi Emirates Committee, as well as the Chairman Hall of the Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium, and Madinat Zayed Majlis. To date, 52 candidates from Abu Dhabi have registered to participate in the upcoming FNC elections scheduled for October 2019.
The candidate registration center in Dubai is located in the Dubai World Trade Centre, Hatta Halls C and D, which has received 21 applications so far. In Sharjah, 47 candidates have submitted their applications at the center in Hall 1 of the Sharjah Advisory Council building.
Meanwhile, 7 Ajman-based candidates have submitted their applications at the Sheikh Humaid Hall in the Ajman Museum. Umm Al Quwain’s candidate registration center, at the Social Development Center in Umm Al Quwain, has received 13 applications. Ras Al Khaimah Cultural Centre, the emirate’s official candidate registration center, has received 28 registrations. Finally, Fujairah’s candidate registration center, situated on the eighth floor of the Fujairah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, has received 26 applications so far.
His Excellency Tariq Hilal Lootah, Undersecretary of the Ministry of State for Federal National Council Affairs and Chairman of the Management Committee of the FNC’s 2019 elections commended the seamless registration process and the preparedness of the Emirates Committees’ teams to receive candidate applications.
During his tour of the candidate registration centers in Dubai, Sharjah, and Ajman, His Excellency praised the efforts of the specialized teams within the Emirates Committees that are relentlessly working to raise awareness of the significance of participating in the electoral process. He said: “I am confident in our ability to host a transparent and successful election. Participating in this endeavor is a privilege for every national, we encourage all eligible UAE nationals to nominate themselves as candidates for this important national duty, or motivate capable candidates to apply, or come out and vote for their chosen candidate on election day.”
The timeline for the FNC Elections 2019 is as follows – on Sunday, August 25, NEC will announce the preliminary list of candidates. The following three days will be open to the public should they wish to submit objection letters against any of the listed candidates. On Sunday, September 1, NEC will announce its response to the objections received. The final list of candidates will be released on Tuesday, September 3. Wednesday, September 4, marks the first day of the period provided for candidates to submit the names of their agents as per the executive orders in this matter.