Candidate list includes 495 names, of which 180 are women, according to National Election Committee
The National Election Committee (NEC) on Tuesday approved the final list of candidates for the Federal National Council (FNC) elections.
The list includes a total of 495 names – 133 from Abu Dhabi, 88 from Dubai, 114 from Sharjah, 61 from Ras Al Khaimah, 26 from Ajman, 20 from Umm Al Quwain, and 53 from Fujairah.
In line with the directive of President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan to increase women’s representation in the Council to 50 percent, women make up 36.36 percent of the final candidate list, amounting to 180 names.
Dr Abdul Rahman bin Mohammad bin Nasser Al Owais, Minister of State for Federal National Council Affairs, and chairman of NEC, praised the large number of candidacy applications.
In comments published by state news agency WAM, Al Owais called on the nominees in the final candidate list to follow the directives of the election management in all aspects of the electoral process.
The 40-60 age group has the largest pool of candidates listed at 312, accounting for 63 percent of the list, followed by the under 40-years-old at 166 (33.53 percent).
The final candidates list also included six people of determination.
The committee said that it received four withdrawal requests from candidates - two in Dubai and two in Abu Dhabi.
As per the FNC elections timetable, candidates will kick off their election campaigns on September 8 with the last day for them to withdraw from the running being September 15.