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UAE's FNC set for largest ever elections in October

Over 300,000 Emiratis eligible to vote in federal authority poll

UAE's FNC set for largest ever elections in October
The FNC is the federal authority of the UAE formed to represent the general Emirati people. It consists of 40 members with advisory tasks in the house of legislative council.

More than 330,000 Emiratis will be eligible to vote in what will be the largest ever Federal National Council (FNC) elections in October.

Names of the 337,738 UAE citizens were released on Sunday by the National Election Committee. According to a report on the Abu Dhabi Government website, the Electoral College list represented a 50 percent increase in voters compared to the previous election in 2015.

During the last FNC election, in 2015, 224,281 Emiratis were eligible to vote, up from 129,000 in 2011.

Emirati women represent 50.62 percent of the total and citizens aged 21 to 40 make up 61.32 percent.

The list identified 101,549 voters from Abu Dhabi, 60,772 from Dubai, 64,293 from Sharjah, 10,165 from Ajman, 6,653 from Umm Al Quwain, 55,289 from Ras Al Khaimah and 39,017 from Fujairah.

Abdulrahman Al Owais, Minister of State for Federal National Council Affairs and Chairman of the National Elections Committee, said: "This is a testament to the unique relationship between the leadership and citizens of the UAE, which seeks to provide all the capabilities to enable them to achieve the best achievements in all fields.”

Those listed have the right to vote once in person and cannot have someone vote on their behalf.

Voters can verify their names on the list by visiting the website of the National Electoral Commission, entering their Emirates ID numbers through the website and smart application, or contacting the elections call centre on 600500005.

The FNC is the federal authority of the UAE formed to represent the general Emirati people. It consists of 40 members with advisory tasks in the house of legislative council.