SHARJAH LEADERSHIP’S MOVE TO STRENGTHEN THE ELECTORAL PROCESS AND INVOLVE CITIZENS IN DECISION MAKING HAILED
The Higher Committee of the Sharjah Consultative Council elections has thanked His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Mohamed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, for his continuous support and keenness to consolidate the principle of Shura and continue the electoral process in the Emirate, enhancing the participation of citizens in the decision making process.
This came during the first meeting of the Committee held Monday at the Office of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah vide Emiri Decree No. (15) of 2019.
The meeting was chaired by HE Dr Mansour Mohammed bin Nassar, Legal Counsel and Director General of the Legal Department of the Sharjah Ruler's Office, and attended by members HE Dr Mohamed Obaid Al Kaabi, President of Sharjah Federal Court of First Instance, HE Salem Mohammed Al Naqbi, Head of Sharjah Municipal Affairs and Agriculture Department and Member of the Sharjah Executive Council, HE Sultan bin Ali bin Butti Al Muhairi, Secretary General of the Sharjah Executive Council, HE Mohamed Hassan Khalaf, Director General of Sharjah Broadcasting Authority, and HE Colonel Omar Sultan Abu Al-Zoud, Representative of Sharjah Police General Directorate, as well as HE Ahmed Saeed Al Jarwan, Secretary General of the Sharjah Consultative Council, and Yousef Hassan Al Ali, as Rapporteur of the Committee.
The meeting discussed the action plan and mechanisms of the electoral process for the current edition, together with key tasks and ways of strengthening the parliamentary process in the Emirate.
The members discussed the 2015-2016 Consultative Council elections, whose positive outcomes mirrored the maturity of the parliamentary experience of Sharjah's people and contributed to enhancing the participation of citizens in the decision making process.
The main functions of the Committee as stated in Article (8) of Emiri Decree No. (59) for the year 2015 about organising the elections of the Sharjah Consultative Council and its amendments were also reviewed.
The members discussed the formation of the sub-committees of the Sharjah Consultative Council elections, including the Election Management Committee, the Media Committee, the Security Committee and the Electoral District Committees.
HE bin Nassar stressed the Committee's keenness to organise the electoral process in a transparent and objective manner and to facilitate it in accordance with the vision and directives of His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Mohamed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah.
He expressed his deep appreciation for the response of citizens -- both candidates and voters -- and their active participation in the electoral process of the previous edition, which reflected their awareness and keenness to participate in the Emirate’s affairs and decision making processes. He called for more interaction and participation in the current edition.
Towards the end of the meeting, the members discussed the proposed time table for the Sharjah Consultative Council elections within a year or so.
It is worth mentioning that the elections of the Sharjah Consultative Council, held every four years, stress the importance of making citizens part of the decision making process, and align them with the progress achieved by the UAE and Sharjah across all areas of development.
The participation rate in the past edition of the Sharjah Consultative Council elections hit 67% at the level of the Emirate and the number of members of the Electoral Commission was 24,952 voters. As many as 16,966 citizens voted, resulting in 21 winners from among 195 candidates.