Sunday was the first day candidate centres opened across the UAE
A total of 194 candidates registered on Sunday as part of the upcoming parliamentary elections for the Federal National Council (FNC), according to a report by the WAM state news agency.
The National Election Committee (NEC) said the nine candidate registration centres across the United Arab Emirates opened on Sunday and potential candidates have until August 22 to register their interest in running for election.
Of the 194 applications registered on Sunday, around a third were women.
Founded in 1971, the FNC has 40 members, with the number of seats attributed to each emirate proportionate to its population size. Abu Dhabi and Dubai both have eight seats, Sharjah and Ras Al Khaimah have six and Ajman, Umm Al Quwain and Fujairah have four each.
Application centres are opened from 8am to 3pm, Sunday to Thursday. In Abu Dhabi, candidate registration centres are located on the second floor of the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the headquarters of the Abu Dhabi Emirates Committee, as well as the Chairman Hall of the Hazza bin Zayed Stadium, and Madinat Zayed Majlis. On Sunday, 52 candidates in Abu Dhabi registered to participate.
In Dubai, 21 candidates applied on the first day of registration at the candidate registration centre located in the Dubai World Trade Centre, Hatta Halls C and D. A total of 47 applied in Sharjah at the centre in Hall 1 of the Sharjah Advisory Council building.
Seven Ajman-based candidates have submitted their applications at the Sheikh Humaid Hall in the Ajman Museum. Umm Al Qaiwain’s candidate registration centre, at the Social Development Centre, received 13 applications.
Ras Al Khaimah Cultural Centre, the emirate’s official candidate registration centre, received 28 registrations on Sunday. Finally, Fujairah’s candidate registration centre, situated on the eighth floor of the Fujairah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, received 26 applications.
"Participating in this endeavour is a privilege for every national, we encourage all eligible UAE nationals to nominate themselves as candidates for this important national duty, or motivate capable candidates to apply, or come out and vote for their chosen candidate on election day," Tariq Hilal Lootah, Undersecretary of the Ministry of State for Federal National Council Affairs and chairman of the Management Committee of the FNC’s 2019 elections, was quoted as saying.
On Sunday, August 25, the NEC will announce the preliminary list of candidates and the public will have three days to submit any objection letters against any of the listed candidates.
The final list of candidates will be released on Tuesday, September 3, and voting will take place on October 5, with preliminary results revealed the same day.