By Courtney Trenwith
Early voting has opened at nine polling booths around the country
Early voting in the UAE’s Federal National Council election began on Monday at nine polling stations across the country.
An encryption-based electronic voting system will be used during the three-day election. It uses interrelated cryptographic processes to verify voters, record their vote anonymously and reliably tally ballots.
Chairman of the National Election Committee and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Minister of State for Federal National Council Affairs, Dr Anwar Mohammed Gargash, said the system was the most reliable.
''Adoption of the election protection system reiterates the NEC's commitment to hold an election that is characterised by the highest degrees of fairness and transparency by implementing the internationally recognised best practices used in the world's most successful parliamentary experiments,'' Gargash said in a statement published by official news agency WAM.
This is the third FNC election, with the first held in 2006 and the second in 2011.
Early voting can be done at polling centres between 10am and 6pm until Wednesday, while general elections will be held on October 3.
Some Emiratis have already cast their vote at embassies around the world, including Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who cast his vote at the UAE Mission to the UN on September 21.