National Elections Committee announces timeline for the upcoming fourth Federal National Council election
The National Elections Committee on Monday announced the timeline of the upcoming fourth Federal National Council election, with October 5 selected as the main voting day.
The opening of registration for applications at application centres will be August 7, candidate’s registration at polling stations will start on August 18 and the announcement of the preliminary list of candidates will be August 25, state news agency WAM reported.
The NEC will receive objections against candidates over the following three days, and will respond to these objections by September 1, it added.
The final list of candidates will be announced on September 3, while the names of the candidate representatives should be presented the following day, according to the terms set out in the executive regulations.
Candidates will launch their election campaigns on September 8, with the deadline for candidate withdrawal, if any, set for September 15.
According to the timeline, overseas voting will run on September 22-23, while early voting takes place from October 1-3.
The timeline has set October 5 as the main election day, during which the results of the preliminary count will be announced. Appeals will start on October 6 and continue for two days, with the committee replying to these appeals on the October 9-10. The final list of elected candidates will be announced on October 13.
Dr Abdul Rahman bin Mohammad bin Nasser Al Owais, Minister of State for Federal National Council Affairs and chairman of NEC, said: "The early announcement of the election timeline establishes a transparent relationship with all parties involved, especially voters, enhances their awareness about the electoral process and paves the way for effective participation. This step will go a long way in ensuring the success of the fourth elections cycle that witnesses significant interest and growth in the number of electoral bodies."
More than 330,000 Emiratis will be eligible to vote in what will be the largest ever Federal National Council elections.
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.
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.