By Neil Halligan
Voter turnout was at 35%, with 330 candidates aiming to win a seat on the Federal National Council
The UAE elected 20 members onto the Federal National Council, in its third ever election.
The elections, which were held over three stages, saw a 35 percent voter turnout as the electorate from across the seven emirates decided who amongst the 330 candidates would take the 20 seats available in the 40-member chamber. The remaining 20 members will be appointed by the government.
Of those candidates, 74 were women, with one elected - Naama Al Sharhan, from Ras Al Khaimah – despite an increase in female voters (up from 32 percent in 2011 to 38 percent this year). Female voters represented 48 percent of the 224,279 eligible voters.
This year’s elections saw the introduction of early voting for three days, with 37,663 voters availing of the new system to cast their votes. Voting was also held from outside the UAE in 94 polling centres in the UAE embassies and diplomatic missions in most countries around the world, where 1,378 voters took part.
Dr Anwar Mohammed Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and chairman of the National Election Committee (NEC), said the UAE’s third electoral experience has become a key contributor to the nation’s development march.
Dr Gargash said he appreciated the efforts of all the candidates who showed their keen interest and commitment to represent the community and serve their country and its leadership. He also expressed heartfelt condolences to the family of Abdul Aziz Al Shehhi, a candidate who passed away on the day of the results following a heart attack. "We pray to God Almighty to rest his soul in peace," he said.
In the preliminary declaration of results announced by Dr Gargash, the following candidates were elected:
Abu Dhabi: Khalifa Suhail Al Mazrouei, Mattar bin Omaira Al Shamsi, Saeed Saleh Al Rumaithi and Saleh Mubarak bin Othaith.
Dubai: Hamad Ahmed Al Rahoumi, Marwan Ahmed bin Ghalita Al Muhairi, Khalid Ahmed Ali bin Zayed, and Jamal Mohammed Mattar Al Hai.
Sharjah: Jassim Abdullah Al Naqbi, Salem Obaid Al Shamsi, and Mohammed Ali Saif Al Ketbi.
Ajman Hamad Abdullah Saeed Abdullah Ghalita Al Ghafli, and Salem Abdullah Hamad Rashid Al Shamsi.
Umm Al Qaiwain: Khalfan Abdullah Salem Humaid Al Ali, and Obaid Hassan Humaid bin Rakad Al Ali.
Fujairah: Mohammed Ahmed Mohammed Ahmed Al Yamahi and Ahmed Mohammed Mubarak Abdullah Al Hammodi.
Ras Al Khaimah: Salem Ali Ahmed Ali Al Shehhi, Ahmed Yousef Mohammed Al Nuaimi, and Naema Abdullah Saeed Al Sharhan.