UAE Election Committee Reveals preliminary list of 309 FNC candidates

The National Elections Committee of the UAE has revealed a preliminary list of 309 candidates who will be contesting in the upcoming Federal National Council (FNC) elections. Out of these candidates, 128 are women, accounting for approximately 41% of the total, while 36 candidates (11%) fall within the age range of 25 to 35.

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UAE's Federal National Council Elections

The FNC elections are planned to take place on October 7. Abu Dhabi has the most applicants (118), followed by Dubai (57), Sharjah (50), Ajman, Ras Al Khaimah, Umm Al Quwain, and Fujairah (21, 34, 14, and 15 apiece).

However, Appeals against the candidates can be lodged from August 26 to August 28. The National Elections Committee will address appeals between August 29 and August 31. The final list of candidates will be declared on September 2.

On September 11, candidates will start their election campaigns, which will last for 23 days until September 26, the deadline for candidates to withdraw their nominations.

As The Federal National Council, which acts as a consultative parliament and promotes discussion and Emirati voices at the national level, is an essential part of the UAE's governance framework. The FNC has 40 members, 20 of whom are elected and the remaining 20 are appointed by the rulers of the emirate. Through facilitating conversations, debates, and important decision-making on important issues, this parliamentary body is vital in determining the course of the country.

Moreover, The FNC elections hold immense significance as they help shape the representation of the UAE's diverse population and provide a platform for diverse voices and perspectives to contribute to the country's development.

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