UAE – Federal National Council Elections Country’s Fourth Election

The UAE held 2019 Federal National Council Elections on October 5, the fourth since the federation of seven emirates was established in 1971.

The Federal National Council (FNC) is the UAE’s advisory council, formed under the UAE Provisional Constitution in 1971 as a permanent component of the country’s governing structure, which also includes the Supreme Council, President, Cabinet and Judiciary. The House is composed of 40 members — eight from Abu Dhabi and Dubai; six from Sharjah and Ras Al Khaimah; and four from Ajman, Umm Al Quwain and Fujairah. Twenty members will now be elected by the 337,738 members of the Electoral College. The other 20 will be nominated by their respective emirates.

Women are allowed to vote and run for office.  The representation of Emirati women in the electoral college for 2019 increased to 50.62 per cent, compared to 49.38 per cent for men.  To make sure women are involved also highlighted and this is a positive approach towards equality for women and enhance women’s economic potential in the UAE.

The voter pool features a significant representation of electors in the 21-40 age category, reflecting the crucial role of youth in the UAE’s progress.NEC has published the full electoral college list for the 2019 elections on its website ( has requested members of the electoral college to validate their names on the 2019 list using their Emirates ID numbers through a variety of channels, including its website and smart application.

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