The first elections ever to be held in the United Arab Emirates took place on 16 December, 18 December and 20 December 2006. Half of the Federal National Council, which has forty members, were elected.
Abu Dhabi and Fujairah voted on 16 December; Dubai and Ras al-Khaimah on 18 December; Sharjah, Ajmān and Umm al-Quwain on 20 December. Only 6,689 of the more than 300,000 citizens over 18 years were allowed to vote, 1,163 of them women; all of these voters were chosen by the rulers of the seven emirates. One of the four seats in Abu Dhabi went to a woman, Amal Abdullah al-Kubaissi.
Summary of the 16, 18 and 20 December 2006 UAE Federal National Council election results
|Appointed by the rulers of the constituent emirates
Among the 20 members chosen by the Electoral College, one woman was elected. Eight female members were appointed by the rulers of the 7 emirates. Each emirate had at least one female appointed, with the exception of Umm al-Qaiwain. Three of the females appointed were from Dubai. The total amounted to 22.5% of the Council representing women’s significant expansion and participation in the UAE’s government.
The government has expressed that future elections will be more participatory, including that the powers of the Federal National Council will be expanded and that the right to vote will be granted to all citizens.
- ^ Poll opens for first UAE elections Al Jazeera, 16 December 2006
- ^ [http://www.thenational.ae/news/uae-news/fnc-members-ask-for-new-elections The National: FNC members ask for new elections, March 11, 2010
- ^ a b Sole woman elected in UAE maiden polls Middle East Online, 21 December 2006
- ^ UAE polls 'step to more participation' Gulf Times, 21 December 2006
- ^ Woman wins seat in Emirates poll The Australian, 17 December 2006
- ^ http://www.almajles.gov.ae/