Dr. Anwar Gargash: The increase in the number of electoral bodies confirms the keenness of the UAE leadership to enable citizens to participate in politics and enhance the parliamentary experience
The National Elections Committee, during its twelfth meeting held in Abu Dhabi on the fifth day of July 2015, approved the lists of electoral bodies for the 2015 Federal National Council elections, which included (224,279) thousand members representing electoral bodies in all emirates of the country, an increase of 66% compared to Lists of electoral bodies for the Federal National Council elections for the year (2011), which amounted to 135,308 male and female citizens.
During its meeting, the National Elections Committee appreciated the statement of His Highness Sheikh Hazaa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, National Security Adviser, Deputy Chairman of the Executive Council and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Emirates Identity Authority, regarding providing full support for the success of the electoral process through the strategic role that the Emirates Identity Authority plays and employing all capabilities to secure the best mechanism. Vote for the Federal National Council elections 2015.
The lists of electoral bodies include (90,408) members from the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, (53,568) members from the Emirate of Dubai, (31,766) members from the Emirate of Sharjah, (6,090) members from the Emirate of Ajman, and (4,105) from the Emirate of An Al Quwain, and (27,455). A member from the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah, and (10,887) members from the Emirate of Fujairah.
The National Elections Committee (tomorrow, July 6, 2015) will publish the lists of electoral bodies for the 2015 Federal National Council elections through its website: www.uaenec.ae, and the smart application launched by the committee recently under the name “National Elections Committee” on the application download sites “Apple Store and Google Play”, so that any citizen can verify the existence of his name within the electoral college of the emirate he represents by searching by the ID card number issued by the Emirates Identity Authority, or the full name as mentioned in the ID card, or by typing the first three correct names from this name.
Citizens can also verify the receipt of their names by calling the committee's call center on the number (600500005), which operates during the month of Ramadan from nine in the morning until four in the afternoon and in the evening period from nine until 12:00 at night, or visit the headquarters of the Emirates committees, which are In the building of the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the Corniche area in Abu Dhabi, in the Dubai World Trade Center in the Emirate of Dubai, in the Consultative Council of the Emirate of Sharjah, the Ajman Museum (Humaid bin Rashid Hall) in the Emirate of Ajman, the Executive Council of the Emirate of Umm Al Quwain, and the Chamber of Industry and Commerce Fujairah, and the Amiri Diwan building in the Protocol and Hospitality Department in the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah.
The age group (less than 40 years) witnessed the highest percentage of representation among the members of the electoral bodies at the state level by (67%), while at the level of the Emirates in the country, the percentage of (less than 40 years) in the Emirate of Fujairah reached (85%). In the emirate of Abu Dhabi, it was (67%), in the emirates of Sharjah, Ajman and Ras al-Khaimah (70%), in Umm al-Quwain (69%), and in Dubai (59%).
The electoral bodies included 52% of males and 48% of females at the state level, and the percentage of males in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi reached (47%) and females (53%), and in the Emirate of Dubai (49%) males and (51%) females. In the Emirate of Sharjah, the percentage of males reached (53%) and females (47%). In the Emirate of Ajman, the percentage of males reached (54%) and the percentage of females (46%). In Umm Al Quwain, the percentage of males reached (60%) and (40%). female percentage. In the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah, the Electoral College included (65%) males and (35%) females, and in the Emirate of Fujairah (64%) males and (36%) females.
His Excellency Dr. Anwar Muhammad Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Minister of State for Federal National Council Affairs and Chairman of the National Elections Committee, affirmed that the announcement of the names of the electoral bodies confirms the determination of the UAE to continue its path in promoting political participation, in line with the approach of political gradualism pursued by the UAE. In order to seek to develop the parliamentary experience commensurate with the distinguished civilized experience it has achieved in all fields.
His Excellency pointed out that announcing the names of the electoral bodies comes within the great efforts undertaken by the National Elections Committee to provide all capabilities and means that contribute to achieving the success of the electoral process, and to move the experience of the Federal National Council to a stage of greater representation and adherence to the issues of the nation and the concerns of citizens, through the selection of members. Actors who are able to accurately and transparently reflect societal issues and find effective and appropriate solutions to them.
His Excellency pointed out that the increase in the number of members of the electoral lists for the third round of the Federal National Council elections confirms the keenness of the wise leadership of the UAE to enable citizens to actively participate in the process of political development, which proceeds in accordance with the approach of political empowerment announced by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President The country "may God protect him" in his speech on the occasion of the 34th National Day of the founding of the UAE, which in turn led to the improvement of the parliamentary experience of the state and the continuation of the path of successes achieved in the field of activating the role of the Federal National Council as a legislative authority supporting and guiding the executive authority.
The electoral college for each emirate elects half of the members of the Federal National Council, while the ruler of the emirate appoints the other half. Members of the electoral college can also nominate themselves for the specific seats of the emirate they represent in the Federal National Council if they meet the conditions stipulated in the constitution.
In 2011, the Federal Supreme Council issued Resolution No. (1) for the year 2011 amending some provisions of Federal Supreme Council Resolution No. (4) for the year 2006 regarding determining the method for selecting representatives of the Emirates in the Federal National Council, and Presidential Resolution No. (2) for the year 2011 amending a decision President of the State No. (3) of 2006 regarding determining the method for selecting representatives of the Emirates in the Federal National Council, which stipulated an increase in the number of members of the electoral colleges to become 300 multiples of the representatives of each emirate at a minimum without specifying a higher ceiling, which allows for a large expansion in the number of electoral colleges.
During its meeting, in addition to announcing the lists of the electoral bodies, the committee reviewed a number of general issues and a number of major technical issues and their role in the success of the electoral process, by providing all means and capabilities.