An electorate of 129,274 citizens from seven emirates will vote in the country's second Federal National Council elections to choose 20 representatives of a 40-member house on September 24. The other 20 seats will be nominees of the the Rulers of the Emirates.
The National Election Committee (NEC) on Sunday released the list of voters from each emirate. The electoral list will be posted in the Committee's website on Monday.
This is a big leap from the 2006 electoral college of 6,689, and will allow greater public participation in decision-making.
"Today's announcement is a vital step in the preparations for the FNC elections in 2011. This demonstrates that the programme to promote political participation in the UAE and empower the FNC is proceeding in the right direction. It also shows that the UAE leadership is committed to strengthening political participation and developing it in tune with the local culture," said Dr Anwar Mohammed Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Minister of State for Federal National Council Affairs and Chairman of the NEC.
The registration of candidates will take place from August 14 to 17, and the final list of candidates for 20 seats will be released by the council on August 28.
According to a statement, the electoral college will have 47,444 members from Abu Dhabi, 37,514 from Dubai, 13,937 from Sharjah, 16,850 from Ras Al Khaimah, 6,324 from Fujairah, 3,285 from Umm Al Quwain and 3,920 from Ajman, The NEC will now initiate meetings with the Electoral College members as part of the preparations for the elections.
"The significant increase in the number of the Electoral College members in 2011 underlines the commitment of the UAE and its leadership to further promoting political participation in the UAE," said Dr Gargash. The NEC has also posted the names of the electoral college members on its website. Citizens can check for their names through the NEC's call centre 60056661 or visit the Commission's offices operating in the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Dubai World Trade Centre; Sharjah Cultural Palace; Ajman Executive Council General Secretariat; Ras Al Khaimah Cultural Centre - Ministry of Culture, Youth and Community Development; Fujairah Trade Centre and the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Community Development in Umm Al Quwain.
The Federal National Council has 40 members, out of which eight each represent Abu Dhabi and Dubai, six each from Sharjah and Ras Al Khaimah, and four each from Ajman, Umm Al Quwain and Fujairah. The electoral college of each emirate will elect half the members of the FNC from the respective emirate, while the Ruler of the emirate will nominate the remaining half. The electoral college members can nominate themselves as candidates in the emirate they represent, provided they meet eligibility conditions set by the Constitution.
Ø Registration of candidates from August 14 to 17
Ø Preliminary list of candidates on August 20
Ø Objections against candidate applications from August 21 to 23, and NEC will give its ruling on such objections from August 24 to 25
Ø The final list of candidates on August 28
Ø Campaign from September 4 to 21
Ø Deadline for withdrawal of candidates September 21
Ø Submission of agents' names by candidates by September 21
Ø The elections across the Emirates on September 24; and results will be announced on the same day after initial screening
Ø Appeals against any result the very next day, on September 25, and NEC will decide on the appeals on September 28
Ø The final list of winners on September 28, in case no by-election is required
Ø A by-election will be held on October 1, if any two of the top-placed candidates in an Eeirate have polled equal number of votes
Ø By-election results will be announced on October 1 after initial screening
Ø Appeals against the by-election results can be filed on October 2
Ø NEC will give its ruling on appeals against by-election results on October 5 and adopt the final list of winners on October 6.