Number of electorate increases by 50.58% compared to 2015
The National Election Committee (NEC) today announced the list of the electoral college members from all emirates for the 2019 Federal National Council (FNC) elections, which features 337738 members, marking 50.58 per cent hike over the 2015 list that included 224281 Emirati electors.
The representation of Emirati women in the electoral college for 2019 increased by 50.62 per cent, compared to 49.38 per cent for men. This highlights the unwavering belief of the UAE leadership in the active role of women in advancing parliamentary work, serving the country and representing their fellow citizens.
The electoral college list features a significant representation of electors in the 21-40 age category, reflecting the crucial role of youth in the UAE’s progress. This allows a large number of young Emiratis across the UAE to participate in the elections and choose their representatives in FNC.
Having youth representatives account for more than 61.32 per cent of all electoral college members reflects the wise leadership’s keen interest in empowering young people and engaging them in decision-making as well as in the socio-economic and political development of the country.
In terms of geographical distribution, 101549 members originate from Abu Dhabi, 60772 members from Dubai, 64293 members from Sharjah, 10165 members from Ajman, 6653 members from Umm Al Quwain, 55289 members from of Ras Al Khaimah and 39017 members are from Fujairah.
The National Election Committee commended the ongoing efforts to improve the electoral process through facilitating voting for the members of the electoral college across the UAE, stressing that it is a result of a constructive and proactive cooperation of all concerned parties in organizing the fourth cycle of the FNC elections.
His Excellency Abdulrahman bin Mohamed Al Owais, Minister of State for FNC Affairs and Chairman of NEC, expressed his gratitude to HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan president of the UAE, HH Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai and HH Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed Al Nahyan Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and Their Highnesses the Supreme Council Members and Rulers of the Emirates for their confidence in NEC and their unlimited support in ensuring the success of the elections. He praised the substantial surge in the electorate numbers in 2019, pointing out that it testifies to the unique relationship between the leadership and the citizens of the UAE.
His Excellency said: “The surge in the number of electoral college members is yet another step on the UAE’s political empowerment and engagement journey. In addition, it reinforces the keen interest of the country’s leadership in enabling citizens to participate in decision-making and reflects the UAE’s gradual approach to political development that meets the requirements of the local society and leads to a full participation by all eligible individuals.”
NEC has published the full electoral college list for the 2019 elections on its website.
NEC has requested members of the electoral college to validate their names on the 2019 list using their Emirates ID numbers through a variety of channels, including its website (www.uaenec.ae) and smart application. Furthermore, the electors can contact the elections call centre on 600500005, and track their names or talk directly to the centre’s representative. They can also visit the electoral committee office in their respective emirate for any clarifications.
According to the Executive Regulations all citizens whose names are included in the electoral college list are entitled to participate in the electoral process, whether as candidates or as voters. Every voter has the right to vote once in person and cannot authorise anyone else to exercise this right on his or her behalf.
For further information on the fourth cycle of the FNC elections, please visit its social media platforms, NEC website and app, or contact the elections call centre.