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On first day of UAE registrations, 14 of 102 set to run for council elections are women

Members of the Electoral Committees have until August 20 to seek nomination for the Federal National Council Elections 2015 in October

On first day of UAE registrations, 14 of 102 set to run for council elections are women
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Around 102 members of the UAE's Electoral Committees seeking to run for the Federal National Council Elections 2015 submitted their nominations when Registration Centres opened for the first time on Sunday.

The first day nominations included 14 female candidates. Of the nine registration centres, 24 nominations were made in Abu Dhabi, including two by women. In Dubai, six women registered to run in the elections.

Dr. Anwar bin Mohammed Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Minister of Federal National Council of Affairs and Chairman of the National Elections Committee, described the first day of registrations as positive and encouraging during a tour of the Abu Dhabi and Dubai centres.

The emirate of Abu Dhabi saw 24 candidates registered, including 11 in Abu Dhabi City, one in the Western region and 12 in Al Ain. In the other emirates, 15 registered in Dubai, 22 in Sharjah, including three women, 14 in Ras al-Khaimah, including one woman, 13 in Fujairah, six in Ajman, including one woman and eight in Umm al-Qaiwain, including one woman.

The centres will remain open until August 20 and the elections will take place on October 3.