From young to old, hundreds of voters, including citizens in wheelchairs, were seen at a polling center in Sharjah.
Photos by M. Sajjad
Early in-person voting for the UAE’s 2023 Federal National Council (FNC) elections continued on Thursday, with good turnout recorded at polling centers across the country.
Emiratis praised the electoral process, saying everything was “smooth and easy to use” and that casting votes did not even take more than five minutes.
From young to old, hundreds of voters, including citizens in wheelchairs, were seen at the Sharjah Chess and Cultural Club.
An FNC candidate at the scene said the voting process was “very simple.”
“The environment here is quite good and everything goes smoothly. People also vote online and this option is very beneficial for those who cannot come to the center,” said the candidate. Khaleej Times.
Volunteers stationed at the voting centers were all smiles as they welcomed and helped voters. Male and female cadres were deployed to ensure a smooth electoral process. Ample parking was provided and carts were used to transport voters downtown from the parking lots.
Early voting for this year’s FNC elections took place in nine main centers over two days, on October 4 and 5. The main election day will be October 7, from 8am to 8pm, with 24 main centers ready for polls.
Emiratis will be able to vote remotely from October 4 to 7.
There are a total of 398,879 registered voters for this year, according to a Wam report from August. This marked an increase of 18.1 percent from the 2019 figure: 337,738 Emiratis. Women make up 51 percent of voters this year.
A significant portion of voters (more than half, i.e. 55 percent) were between 21 and 40 years old. People between 31 and 40 years old accounted for 29.89 percent.