Newly elected members of Federal National Council revealed
A preliminary list was announced by the National Election Committee
A list of newly elected Federal National Council members was revealed on Saturday night.
The National Election Committee released the names after a preliminary count at the end of voting on Saturday in an election that had a record turn out of Emirati voters.
Of the 20 names announced, four were from Abu Dhabi while four from Dubai. Sharjah and Ras Al Khaimah each had three members elected, while Ajman, Umm Al Quwain and Fujairah each had two.
The new FNC members were chosen from a list of about 500 candidates.
The National Election Committee said that the latest figures were preliminary results only. The final results will be announced on October 13, after the end of an appeals process that started on Sunday and closes on Monday.
The 39 voting centres across the seven emirates remained open for an additional hour on Saturday to ensure citizens had their say at the ballot box.
By the end of voting, 117,592 Emiratis whose names are on the Electoral College list had cast their votes, more than the 79,157 who voted in the 2015 election.
Despite this, turnout in percentage terms was slightly down, from 35.29 per cent in 2015 to 34.81 per cent.
Seven women were elected this year – a major improvement from the 2015 elections when one woman, Naama Al Sharhan from Ras Al Khaimah, was elected.
Now that 50 per cent of the council has been elected, the country's rulers will appoint the remaining representatives from their respective emirates.
The council will be equally represented by men and women this year after President Sheikh Khalifa issued a directive to achieve gender parity within the FNC.
These were the members elected by the public:
Updated: October 6, 2019 01:38 PM