x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

Emiratis needed to volunteer at FNC vote

Registration for volunteering at elections starts this week.

At the last elections, in 2006, there were barely 6,000 voters, and polling was spread over three days.
At the last elections, in 2006, there were barely 6,000 voters, and polling was spread over three days.

ABU DHABI // Starting later this week, Emiratis will be able to register for the task on the volunteering agency Takatuf's website, regardless of whether or not they have a vote.

Maitha Al Habsi, the director of Takatuf, yesterday said she was hoping for more than 600 Emiratis to come forward.

And they will have their work cut out, with 11 polling stations expected to handle 80,000 voters on September 24.

The voters, selected by the Rulers of each emirate, will be deciding the 20 elected positions on the 40-member consultatative body."

At the last elections, in 2006, there were barely 6,000 voters, and polling was spread over three days.

The volunteers will have a range of roles to fulfil, including directing voters to the ballot box and managing any crowds.

Ms Al Habsi described it as "a very big chance for volunteers to get new skills", adding that the experience would help them learn about the political process. "This is the beginning of co-operation with the FNC," she said.

Tariq Lootah, the undersecretary of the ministry of Federal National Council Affairs and head of the election management committee, said the ministry had decided to use Takatuf volunteers because the agency has "a large base of volunteers who have the required skills and experience to ensure the smooth and efficient conduct of the elections".

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