United Arab Emirates parliamentary election, 2011
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A parliamentary election was held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on 24 September 2011 to elect the half of the members of the 15th Chapter of the Federal National Council, and appoint the other half of the members. The electoral college was expanding from roughly 6,000 members in 2006 to 129,274 in the planned elections, which were the second parliamentary elections held in the country. Some observers were calling for a delay in the voting process to allow for more time for candidates to campaign for the position. The government had stated that "the upcoming election is an important step in promoting political participation, as part of a gradual and clear approach of the UAE." The turnout was 28%.
The following elections timetable has been taken from the UAE National Elections Commission website.
|Activity||Period from||Period to|
|Nominee Registration||14 August 2011||17 August 2011|
|Announcement of the preliminary list of nominees||20 August 2011|
|Announcement of the final list of nominees||28 August 2011|
|Campaigning period||4 September 2011||21 September 2011|
|Election Day||24 September 2011|
|Announcement of the preliminary results||24 September 2011|
|Announcement of the final results||28 September 2011|
The 2011 parliamentary elections had an expanded electoral college constituting 129,274 members, made up of 46% females and 54% males, of which 35% were younger than 30 years.
The National Elections Commission announced on 20 August 2011 the preliminary list of candidates, stating that 469 members of the electoral college nominated themselves to be candidates to run for the parliamentary elections. Of those 469 nominees, 85 were women.
|Emirate||Number of Candidates||Number of Female Candidates|
|Ras Al Khaimah||60||9|
|Umm Al Quwain||19||4|
Rules for Candidates
The National Elections Committee set a list of campaigning rules that govern the 2011 elections:
- Candidates must adhere to the laws of their emirate.
- Candidates must not disrespect values and principles of the society.
- Candidates must not show disregard to public order and morals.
- Candidates must not encourage any religious sentiment in their campaigns.
- Candidates must not receive funds from foreign groups or individuals, and use a maximum of 2 million dirhams.
- Candidates must reveal their source of funding to their emirate's election committee.
- Candidates must not give or promise to give monetary gifts in exchange for votes.
- Candidates must not deceive voters.
Rules for Voters
The National Elections Committee also set a list of rules that voters must stick to, such as:
- Voters must not interfere with the proper running of the elections.
- Voters must not interfere with other voters' right to vote.
- Voters must not promote any candidate at the polling stations.
- Voters must not promise to vote for a candidate in return for a monetary gift or other benefit.
- Voters must not try to influence other voters.
|Ras Al Khaimah||5,085|
|Umm Al Quwain||1,796|
|Total Participating Voters||35,877|
|Total Registered Voters||129,274|
|Percentage Voter Turnout||27.75%|
The appointed members announced are:
- Noura Mohammad Hilal Al Kaabi
- Sultan Rashid Saeed Al Daheri
- Khalifa Nasser Al Suwaidi
- Dr Amal Al Qubaisi
- Afra Rashid Al Basti
- Dr Mona Juma Al Bahar
- Mohammad Ahmad Al Murr, elected uncontested as Speaker of Federal National Council.
- Ahmad Obaid Al Mansouri
Upon the opening of the 15th Chapter of the Federal National Council, the appointed member Mohammed Al Murr was elected uncontested as Speaker of the Federal National Council