Abdulrahman Bin Mohammed Al Owais.
Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
The National Election Committee (NEC) has issued the Federal National Council (FNC) Elections Report 2019, showcasing the series of milestones accomplished at every stage of the fourth FNC elections held last year.
The report offers comprehensive information covering every stage of the 2019 elections, including technical and administrative aspects, and dividing the data along key categories, most notably, awareness and education activities and holistic training programmes for staff of all specialities working on election committees and various electoral activities.
The report revealed that the 2019 elections witnessed the largest number of voters in the history of FNC elections, where electoral college lists consisted of 337,738 members, a 50.58 per cent increase from 2015, when the figure hovered around 224,281 citizens.
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The report’s various chapters include, first and foremost, the results of the FNC elections, along with important statistics. The legislation chapter, meanwhile, highlights the mechanism adopted to implement Presidential Resolution No. (1) of 2019 to increase women’s representation in the Council to 50 per cent, issued by UAE President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Additionally, the report contains a chapter on the organisation, operation, and preparation of all stages of the electoral process, from polling to counting and announcing the results.
Abdulrahman Bin Mohammed Al Owais, Minister of Health and Prevention, Minister of State for FNC Affairs and NEC Chairman, said: “The National Election Committee is committed to issuing this report after every elections; it offers evidence of the success of the UAE’s electoral process, embodying the significant progress made in promoting a culture of political participation among Emiratis and their enthusiasm to contribute to the UAE’s parliamentary model.”
Emirati women were strongly represented in the 2019 elections, making up 50.62% of the electoral lists, whereas men accounted for 49.38%. This underlines the tremendous faith that the UAE leadership has in women and their role of women in developing the parliamentary process, serving the country, and providing the best services to citizens.
The 2019 elections also witnessed a remarkable involvement from young people, where people aged 21 to 40 made up 61.32% of electoral college lists, 30.04% of whom were aged 21 to 30, while the remaining 31.28% were 31 to 40 years old. This paved the way for young Emiratis to participate in large numbers in the elections, which covered all regions of the UAE.
According to the report, the results of the 2019 FNC elections recorded a 48.50% increase in the number of voters who cast their ballots, compared with the previous elections cycle. A remarkable 95% of voters and candidates reported a high level of satisfaction with electoral procedures, which saw 1,170 employees recruited to operate polling centres, while 725 journalists and reporters worked to cover electoral activities.
The Elections Report 2019 went on to reveal that the total number of ballots cast in the UAE amounted to 117,592 – 34.81% of the total number of electoral college members. Moreover, the number of votes cast at the UAE’s embassies and diplomatic missions notably increased by over 25% from 2015, where 1,849 Emirati nationals voted abroad, up from 1,378 voters in the third FNC elections cycle in 2015.
Voter turnout in the 2019 elections varied between 21% and 56%, the report indicated, where the Emirate of Umm Al Quwain recorded the highest participation rate of 56%. Furthermore, the data went on to show that awareness of the importance of participating in political life hit 92.8% among targeted segments.
On another note, the report indicated that 4,553 employees and volunteers worked to organise the elections, which also enlisted 339 technical supervisors.
The report indicated that the highest proportion of voters cast their ballots at 5pm, amounting to 16,623 votes, whereas the lowest turnout was recorded at 8am totalling 2,375 voters. Men accounted for 59% of all votes, while women made up the remaining 41%. The largest recorded turnout of female voters was 43.8% in Umm Al Quwain; meanwhile the largest turnout among men was 64.53% in Ajman.To read the full report, please visit the National Election Committee’s official website www.uaenec.ae, or the website of the Ministry of State for Federal National Council Affairs www.mfnca.gov.ae.
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