Dr Mansour Bin Nassar and Ahmed Saeed Al Jarwan address the press conference.
Imran Mojib, Special Correspondent
The second historic elections for 25 seats of the Sharjah Consultative Council (SCC) will begin on Sept.1 with registration for the Electoral College membership and conclude on Dec.11 with announcement of the winners.
Addressing a press conference in Sharjah on Sunday, Chairman of the Higher Committee for the SCC Elections Dr Mansour Bin Nassar said that elections will be held for 25 seats from nine constituencies, while the remaining 25 members of the SCC will be nominated.
This will be the 10th term of Sharjah Consultative Council.
Announcing the electoral timeframe, he said that online registration for the Electoral College membership will be held from Sept.1-30, while on-site registration will be held from Sept.15-30 at various municipal headquarters across the emirate of Sharjah.
The registration of candidates will be held from Oct.20-22. The list of candidates will be unveiled on Oct.27, objection against any candidate can be raised on Oct.28-29.
On Oct.30, the Higher Committee will respond to the objections, if any. The final list of candidates will be announced on Oct.31.
The candidates will have a period of 14 days, from Nov.1-14, for campaigning.
Candidates who wish to withdraw their names can do so on Nov.7. Those remaining in the fray would have to submit the names of their polling agents on the same day.
Speaking about preparation for the upcoming SCC elections, Dr Mansour Bin Nassar stressed that the Higher Committee for the SCC Elections is sparing no effort to strengthen the parliamentary process in the emirate and involve the citizens in the decision-making process.
He underscored the importance of people’s participation in this celebration of electoral process, which offers the Emirate an opportunity to bring in change by listening to the citizen.
Stressing on the importance of public participation in the parliamentary process and the power of people’s votes to shape change, he said that the half of the members of the SCC who are being directly elected would act as the voice of the public and the link between the people and decision-makers.
Member of the Supreme Committee and Secretary General of the SCC Ahmed Saeed Al Jarwan lauded the performance of the Council saying it has emerged as a strong bridge between the citizen and government administration in the Emirate.
He said that the Higher Committee is sparing no effort to ensure the second SCC elections are free, fair and transparent. He also made a presentation on the occasion explaining the method of running for the SCC elections by downloading the SCC Elections application for smartphones.
Outlining requirements for contesting the elections, the officials said that the candidates should be 25-year-old and must possess a clean legal record.
If the candidate is employee of any government department in Sharjah, he/she will have to go on leave during the poll process. On winning the election, he/she will have to resign from the government job. Following the completion of his or her four-year term at the council, he/she will have to re-apply for the same job as a new applicant.
Responding to questions about timing of the SC elections, the officials stressed that despite taking place during the same period when FNC elections are being held, the SCC elections will be a smooth process as arrangements have been made to avoid any overlapping.
Unlike the Federal National Council (FNC), there will not be reserved seats for women. However, they expressed hope that there will be strong representation from women in the next term of the SCC.
On this occasion, a video documentary on the first SCC elections was also presented, along with an explanatory video on the new electronic services for the elections.
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