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341 candidates to contest UAE elections after appeals period ends

National Election Committee says 22% of candidates are women for the October 3 vote

341 candidates to contest UAE elections after appeals period ends
Emirati Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Mohammed Gargash. (Getty Images)

The National Election Committee on Monday announced the final list of candidates for the Federal National Council Elections following the end of the appeals period, which witnessed three appeals lodged against two candidates from Sharjah and one from Abu Dhabi.

In addition, three candidates withdrew their nomination while a candidate from Ras Al Khaimah faced election violation charges, a statement said.

The National Election Committee accepted two appeals requests against two candidates from Sharjah and rejected an appeals request against a candidate from Abu Dhabi after a review process and in accordance with a report issued by the appeals committee.

With three candidates withdrawing their nominations, the final electoral list includes 341 men and women from an initial pool of 347 nominees for the October 3 elections.

Dr Anwar Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Minister of State for Federal National Council Affairs and Chairman of the National Election Committee, said the appeals requests against candidates in the Federal National Council Elections 2015 is considered unprecedented when compared to previous elections carried out in the UAE.

The elections of 2006 and 2011 did not register any appeals or cancellations of nomination requests due to electoral violations, such as the one that has occurred in Ras Al Khaimah.

The final list of candidates are as follows - 96 candidates from Abu Dhabi, 62 candidates from Dubai, 61 from Sharjah, 41 from Ras Al Khaimah, 23 from Ajman, 20 from Umm Al Quwain, and 38 candidates from Fujairah.

The proportion of women in the final list of candidates is 22 percent with 76 women contesting in all the emirates.

According to the timetable of the Federal National Council Election 2015, a candidate can withdraw their application not later than September 14.