List includes a total of 499 candidates including 182 women as UAE seeks to see percentage rise to 50%
The National Election Committee (NEC) on Monday announced the details of the preliminary list of candidates for the Federal National Council (FNC) election.
The list includes a total of 499 candidates, with 135 coming from Abu Dhabi, 90 from Dubai, 114 from Sharjah, 26 from Ajman, 61 from Ras Al Khaimah, 20 from Umm Al Quwain, and 53 from Fujairah, state news agency WAM reported.
After UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan issued a decision to raise the percentage of female FNC members to 50 percent, 182 female candidates are present on the list, with 49 coming from Abu Dhabi, 39 from Dubai, 39 from Sharjah, 22 from Ras Al Khaimah, five from Ajman, eight from Umm Al Quwain, and 20 from Fujairah.
A total of 317 male candidates are also on the list, with 86 coming from Abu Dhabi, 51 from Dubai, 75 from Sharjah, 39 from Ras Al Khaimah, 21 from Ajman, 12 from Umm Al Quwain, and 33 from Fujairah.