October 7 Set as Date for Federal National Council Election

The National Elections Committee (NEC) has announced that the next round of voting for the Federal National Council (FNC) will take place on October 7. The NEC recently approved the schedule for the 2023 elections, marking an important milestone in organizing the electoral process.

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Federal National Council Elections: Key Dates and Electoral College Statistics

Last week, the NEC released the list of electoral college members, which has increased by 18.1% compared to 2019, totaling 398,879 members. Notably, the representation of women in the electoral college for 2023 has risen to 51%, surpassing the percentage of men. According to the NEC, 55% of the electoral college list consists of individuals aged 21-40, with nearly 30% falling in the 21-30 age group and just over 25% in the 31-40 age group. This broadens the participation of young Emiratis across the UAE, allowing them to exercise their right to vote and choose their FNC representatives.

Enhanced Representation and Broad Participation: Key Features of FNC Electoral College Lists

The recent release of the electoral college lists for the Federal National Council (FNC) elections highlights the UAE's commitment to ensuring diversity and broad participation. With women comprising 51% of the electoral college, surpassing the percentage of men, the UAE demonstrates its dedication to gender equality and female representation in decision-making processes. The NEC's efforts to increase the participation of young Emiratis are evident, as 55% of the electoral college consists of individuals aged 21-40. Notably, the age groups of 21-30 and 31-40 together make up more than half of the electoral college, providing a platform for the voices and perspectives of the youth. This inclusive approach aims to uphold the UAE's parliamentary model based on consultation and effective participation in the decision-making process.

Flexible Voting Options and Ensuring the Integrity of the FNC Elections

To enhance convenience for voters, authorities have implemented a hybrid system for the Federal National Council (FNC) elections, allowing both in-person and remote voting. The recent announcement permits voters to cast their ballots remotely, irrespective of their location within or outside the Emirates. This flexible approach maximizes accessibility and ensures that voters can exercise their right to vote regardless of their circumstances. Notably, a mechanism has been put in place to prevent multiple voting. If an individual casts multiple votes, either at polling centers or remotely, only their last vote will be considered valid. This measure upholds the integrity of the electoral process, maintaining fairness and accuracy in determining the election outcomes.

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