UAE introduces Remote Registration for FNC Candidates

The National Election Committee is taking this action as part of its efforts to facilitate the fifth cycle of municipal elections by guaranteeing that candidates can enter easily.

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Revolutionizing Candidacy Process

The UAE's National Election Committee 2023 is spearheading a groundbreaking transformation in the electoral landscape by introducing a pioneering remote registration system for aspiring candidates.

This unprecedented initiative allows candidates to register for the Federal National Council (FNC) 2023 membership remotely for the very first time.

Seamless Registration Process

Effective immediately, the registration process for prospective members of electoral bodies seeking FNC membership in the upcoming cycle has commenced and will extend until the upcoming Friday. Candidates now have the convenience of submitting their applications through the established emirate committees, adhering to the familiar procedure from previous years.

Digital Transformation for Accessibility

In a compelling development unique to this year's cycle, the registration process has been streamlined through a digital interface. Issa Al Muhairi, Chairman of the Dubai Election Committee, highlighted, "The standout feature of this fifth cycle is the introduction of remote registration through the website or smart application. For those who prefer in-person registration, we are available to assist."

Enhancing Democratic Engagement

This innovative stride aligns with the National Election Committee's mission to facilitate the FNC's fifth cycle elections while ensuring maximum convenience for candidates. Emiratis keen to participate gathered at the Dubai World Trade Center to engage in the nomination process, reflecting the eagerness to contribute to the nation's democratic processes.

Criteria for Candidacy

Prospective candidates for the 2023 FNC elections must fulfill specific criteria: They must be UAE citizens, permanent residents of the emirate they represent in the FNC, aged at least 25 at the time of submission, possess civil eligibility, an untarnished reputation, and a clean legal record, unless legally overturned. Adequate proficiency in reading and writing is also required.

Rigorous Review Process

Each emirate's committee will meticulously review candidacy requests to ensure compliance with legal standards. Once approved, these applications will be presented to the National Election Committee for final authorization, ensuring a thorough and rigorous screening process.

Convenient Remote Application Window

The remote application process is available around the clock, beginning from 8am on August 15 and concluding at 12pm on Friday, August 18. For those who prefer in-person registration, nine dedicated registration centers across various emirates will be operational from August 15 to 17, 2023, between 8am and 3pm, as well as on August 18, from 8am to 12pm.

Comprehensive Information Access

Comprehensive details regarding the fifth electoral cycle, including eligibility criteria and registration procedures, are readily accessible through the National Election Committee's website, mobile app, and social media platforms. This digitized approach reinforces the UAE's commitment to ensuring a participatory and inclusive democratic process.

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