According to the National Election Committee, a total of 457 candidates including 297 men and 160 women, have filed their candidacy applications for the upcoming FNC elections across the emirates so far.
On Thursday, the committee also said the registration of the candidates will end and the preliminary list of candidates will be announced on August 25. The committee after receiving the objections against the candidates over the next three days will reply to those objections by September 1.
The final list will be announced on September 3 while the next day the names of the candidates will be announced. Abdul Rahman Al Owais, Minister of Health and Prevention, Minister of State for Federal National Council Affairs, and Chairman of the National Election Committee said, “The UAE is heading towards a new election, reinforcing the steps of instilling a culture of political participation among members of society.”
He was visiting candidate registration centers in Ajman, Ras Al Khaimah, and Umm Al Quwain. “The UAE has been able to build a unique parliamentary model, based on the main pillars, mainly accurate knowledge of the needs and requirements of the Emirati society and the preservation of its gains in all areas,” said Al Owais.
“At the same time, it seeks to promote national belonging and work for the common good, which is shared by all UAE citizens who work to achieve them under the guidance of a wise leadership that believes in the capabilities of all the people of the homeland and works to enable them to be able to represent the UAE and defend the interests of the people of the UAE,” he added.
President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan last year granted that 50 percent of FNC representatives will be women.