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The National Election Commission (NEC) concluded a two-week long awareness programme for the Electoral College members, aimed at explaining the details of the electoral process and strengthening electoral culture among the UAE community.
In the run-up to the forthcoming elections to the Federal National Council (FNC), the Commission organized ten awareness sessions covering all emirates in the UAE. The last two sessions, which were held in Umm Al Qaiwain and Ajman, covered the political aspect and legal framework of the electoral process and experience, the rights and duties of the voters, and the conditions of candidacy.
The sessions clarified details about campaign regulations and also focused on the importance of the Electoral College members participating in the elections to ensure its success.
Tariq Hilal Lootah, Undersecretary of the Ministry of State for Federal National Council Affairs, NEC member, and Chairman of the Election Management Committee, said: "As this is the first experience to most of the voters, we wanted to ensure that all Electoral College members are well aware of the various aspects of the elections. The National Election Committee started the awareness programme through educational sessions for different sectors of society, and continued its efforts through special sessions for the Electoral College".
He said that the upcoming election is an important step in promoting political participation, as part of a gradual and clear approach of the UAE. "Through the series of educational and awareness sessions, we aim to raise awareness of the election and ensure the success of the political programme which meets the aspirations of the UAE people and its leadership".
Saeed Al Ghafli, Assistant Undersecretary for FNC and NEC member; Dr Mohammad Butti Thani Al Shamsi; Dr Sultan Abdul Hameed Al Jamal, and Dr Ahmed Ali Al Khozeimi led the awareness sessions. - Emirates News Agency, WAM
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