2019 Emirati parliamentary election

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Parliamentary elections are expected be held in the United Arab Emirates in October 2019.[1]

Electoral system[edit]

The 40-member Federal National Council consists of 20 indirectly-elected members and 20 appointed members. The 20 elected members are elected by single non-transferable vote in seven electoral colleges; the colleges of Abu Dhabi and Dubai elects four members, the colleges of Sharjah and Ras al-Khaimah three, and the colleges of Ajman, Fujairah and Umm al-Quwain two.[2]

Under the constitution of the United Arab Emirates, "each emirate shall be free to determine the method of selecting the citizens representing it in the Federal National Council'. The rulers of each emirate decides who among the citizens will be a voter;[3] the total number of voters has increased at each election, with an objective that all citizens will be able to vote in the future.[4]

In December 2018 President Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan issued a directive stating that half of the members of the Council should be women.[5]


  1. ^ Majlis Watani Itihadi (Federal National Council) IPU
  2. ^ Electoral system IPU
  3. ^ "البوابة الرسمية لحكومة الإمارات العربية المتحدة". www.government.ae. Retrieved 2019-01-02.
  4. ^ UAE Politics. The Political System of the UAE
  5. ^ Sheikh Khalifa: UAE's Federal National Council to be 50 per cent women The National, 8 December 2018