Hamdan bin Zayed visits electoral centre in Madinat Zayed, hails parliamentary experience in UAE

MADINAT ZAYED, 29th September, 2015 (WAM) – H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler’s Representative in the Western Region, has emphasised that the UAE – led by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan – appreciates the role played by the Federal National Council (FNC) in serving internal and external national issues since its establishment in 1972, as it represents the voice of the people and embodies their aspirations.

He added that it spares no effort aimed to provide the FNC the appropriate atmosphere to perform its regulatory and legislative duties.

Sheikh Hamdan said that the UAE is going steadily towards developing parliamentary work in the country, describing the democratic process in the country as a national and major priority which requires active participation of the people of the UAE to elect effective and prominent FNC members for the betterment of the homeland and the Emiratis.

Sheikh Hamdan made these remarks when he visited the FNC electoral centre today at the Wedding Hall in Madinat Zayed. He was received by Dr. Mohammed Butti Al Shamsi, chairman of the electoral committee in the Western regions, and members of the committee.

Sheikh Hamdan was briefed on the voting mechanisms and the process of receiving voters and candidates at the completion of the election process. He added that 2015 affirms confidence of the Emiratis and their utmost faith in the directives of the prudent leadership, which believes in their capabilities and role to achieve sustainable development, as well as the country’s distinguished stature in all domains.

He also expressed his optimism at the ability of voters to choose qualified candidates, who are able to represent the people in the Federal National Council.

He also added that effective and wide participation in the FNC elections, would contribute to promoting parliamentary work in the country in the social, economic, cultural and political aspects, as well as would preserve national gains.

Sheikh Hamdan revealed that the UAE women play a pivotal role in enhancing the success of the electoral process, adding that empowering women and encouraging them is the common responsibility of all parties.

Sheikh Hamdan also praised the efforts exerted by Dr. Anwar bin Mohammed Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Minister of Federal National Council of Affairs and chairman of the Committee. He also lauded the positive and huge response of voters and their adherence to the organising regulations and directives of electoral process. He also visited candidates and wished them luck.