The electoral rolls, including more than 129,000 Emiratis eligible to vote in and run for the Federal National Council (FNC) elections, scheduled for September 24 was posted on the internet at uaenec.ae.
The rolls comprise 47,444 voters and possible candidates from Abu Dhabi, 37,514 from Dubai, 13,937 from Sharjah, 3,920 from Ajman, 3,285 from Umm Al Quwain, 16,850 from Ras Al Khaimah, and 6,324 from Fujairah.
The right to elect members of the Federal National Council (FNC) was extended to almost 20 times those enfranchised in 2006 elections, it was announced on Monday.
As many as 129,274 citizens will cast their vote on September 24 to elect 20 members of the 40-seat FNC, other half will be appointed by the nation’s Rulers.
Dr Anwar Mohammad Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Minister of State for Federal National Council Affairs and Chairman of the National Election Committee (NEC), said the significant increase in the number of Electoral College members in 2011 underlines the commitment of the UAE and its leadership to further promoting political participation in the UAE.
Registration of nominations will be undertaken at 13-14 polling stations across the country, as compared to seven in 2006. Dr Gargash said the process of citizen’s participation in UAE politics is still in its nascent stages and will continue to develop gradually.
Voters must have an Emirates identity card to take part in the upcoming elections. E-voting will be used to ensure a safe, effective and convenient election process, said Dr Ali Al Khoury, director-general of the Emirates Identity Authority and member of NEC.