The National Elections Committee confirmed the prohibition of any individual from “voting by proxy” as a representative of another individual who is entitled to vote because his name is included in the lists of electoral bodies, during the voting process in the Federal National Council elections, scheduled for next October, stressing that “election is a personal right, and the Each voter is to exercise it himself.” While the committee identified 12 major competences or tasks, which it performs over a period of 95 days separating the issuance of the timetable for the conduct of the electoral process and the adoption of the final results of the elections (in the absence of supplementary elections), to ensure full supervision of the conduct of the electoral process. and implementation with impartiality, integrity and transparency.
In detail, the committee stated that the lists of electoral bodies that it approved and announced last Saturday, whose members have the right to run and vote in the Federal National Council elections, which are scheduled to take place next October, and that the lists of electoral bodies represent 300 times the number of seats allocated to each emirate of the country in the council, as a limit Minimum, pursuant to the provisions of the Constitution.
The committee stated that after approving the final electoral lists for each emirate, it will take the necessary measures to notify voters of them, provided that the lists of approved electoral bodies serve as evidence and conclusive argument when voting, as every citizen whose name is mentioned in the electoral body of the emirate to which he belongs enjoys the right to vote, stressing that Prohibition of voting by proxy, when any individual casts his vote on behalf of another individual who is entitled to vote because his name is included in the lists of electoral bodies.
The committee has introduced two voting systems for the upcoming Federal National Council elections. The first is the “remote voting” system, which is a smart voting system that allows voters to cast their votes from anywhere, whether inside or outside the country, using digital applications decided by the National Elections Committee. The second is the “hybrid voting” system, which is a mixed voting system that combines the remote voting system and the electronic voting system at the headquarters of the polling centers determined by the National Elections Committee.
According to the committee, it undertakes 12 major specializations or tasks, over a period of 95 days separating between issuing the timetable for the conduct of the electoral process and approving the final results of the elections (in the absence of supplementary elections), to ensure full supervision of the conduct of the electoral process and its implementation with impartiality, integrity and transparency.
The committee completed the first of its 12 tasks the day before yesterday, by issuing a timetable for the elections that specifies the dates for starting the candidacy, the deadline for canceling the candidacy, the date for holding elections in each emirate, the manner and deadline for appeals in the elections, and the date for announcing the final results of the elections, while the second task is to approve the lists of candidates. After making sure that they fulfill all the required candidacy conditions, then calling for elections in each emirate, specifying the dates for holding them, whether inside or outside the country, as well as forming sub-committees for elections, and defining their exact terms of reference.
The list of the main tasks of the committee also included the formation of work teams in charge of implementing the electoral process (it may seek the assistance of whomever it deems experienced and competent, each in its field), issuing the electoral guides necessary to implement the elections in all its aspects, in addition to approving the proposals submitted by the sub-committees related to forms, schedules and documents. And the approved seals related to the electoral process, and approving the headquarters of the polling centers in each emirate based on the proposal of the Election Management Committee.
The committee is also tasked with determining the necessary financial appropriations and an estimated budget for the electoral process and including it within the state’s general budget, approving financial rewards for election workers based on the proposal of the Election Management Committee, announcing the final results of the elections, and taking the necessary measures to complete the membership of the winners in the Council. Finally, carrying out any other procedures or measures that are necessary to complete the electoral process in an optimal manner.
meetings and decisions
The National Elections Commission confirmed that the system of its meetings depends mainly on an invitation from the chairman of the committee to meet whenever necessary, as the meeting is considered legal in the presence of the majority of its members, provided that the chairman of the committee is among them.
And she stated that the decisions issued by it are made by the majority of the number of its members present, and when equal, the side in which the committee chair is preponderant, pointing out that it has the right to seek the assistance of any party to perform its duties. Its chairman also has the right to invite whomever he deems appropriate to attend its meetings and participate in its discussions, without having a counted vote.
• 95 days separate between issuing the timetable for the conduct of the electoral process and approving the final results of the elections.
• “Election is a personal right, and every voter must exercise it himself.”
• “Every citizen whose name is mentioned in the Electoral College of the Emirate to which he belongs has the right to vote.”