MFNCA raises awareness about role of community support in FNC elections

UMM AL QUWAIN, The Ministry of State for Federal National Council Affairs (MFNCA) has organised the first lecture of the fifth cycle in the ‘Neighbourhood Majlis’ series at Oud Al Tayer Majlis in the Emirate of Umm Al Quwain under the title ‘Civil Society’s Support for Federal National Council Elections’.

Presented by Chancellor Dr. Zayed Saeed Al Shamsi, President of the Emirates Human Rights Studies Centre, and attended by Sami bin Adi, Assistant Under-Secretary for Support Services Sector at MFNCA, the lecture revolved around two main topics: the first shed light on the legislative and supervisory role of the FNC and the various tasks it fulfils, while the second underlined the importance of actively participating in FNC elections and the role that this participation plays in maintaining the momentum of accomplishments and success witnessed in parliamentary work in the UAE.

Al Shamsi noted that the Federal National Council, which was established in 1972, has played an important role in the UAE’s development with the concerted efforts of its members since its earliest sessions and until today. The Council has become a platform for discussing federal laws and raising citizens’ issues and needs to decision makers, he asserted.

“The Federal National Council has two main functions,” he explained. “The first is a legislative function, which consists of discussing drafts of constitutional amendments, federal laws, the UAE’s general budget, and its final accounts, in addition to commenting on international treaties and agreements. The second function, meanwhile, is oversight, and consists of raising general topics for discussion, making recommendations on them to the government, and directing questions to government representatives.”

Moving on to the second theme, Al Shamsi underlined the importance of raising political awareness and promoting a culture of political participation in Emirati society, in an effort to support their active participation in the upcoming elections; enhance their contribution to the decision-making process surrounding their aspirations, requirements, and needs; engage them in carrying out their national duties; and include them in the UAE’s journey towards development and prosperity.

Al Shamsi noted that the UAE’s wise leadership is committed to developing and upgrading the parliamentary experience, pointing to the empowerment speech delivered by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan on the occasion of the 34th National Day in 2005, which constituted a continuation and activation of the political participation approach integral to the system of government in the UAE.

He indicated that participating in the Federal National Council elections embodies the Emirati people’s commitment to actively contributing to the country’s comprehensive development and to playing a part in shaping a bright future for them and their children. The electoral experience in the UAE is a purely national one, and accommodates the specific traits of Emirati society, and the aspirations and needs of its people. It is proceeding in a gradual and balanced manner, supported by in-depth studies of the results, and geared towards driving political development, enhancing political participation in the community, and preserving the UAE’s achievements.

Source: Emirates News Agency

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