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02 October 2023

FNC Elections 2015 to implement 'smart ID'


The Technical Committee of the National Election Committee (NEC) discussed the plan of action and mechanisms to organise the Federal National Council Elections 2015 according to the best international standards. In order to achieve this, the committee is seeking to make the voting process easier for voters across the country by implementing electronic voting system that uses 'smart ID' issued by the Emirates Identity Authority.

During its first meeting at the Emirates Identity Authority in Abu Dhabi, the Committee reviewed the initiatives to be launched as part of the NEC’s integrated efforts to hold the elections on time and ensure that the electronic systems required for the success of the electoral process are available.

The meeting, chaired by Misbah Obaid Al Mismari, Executive Director of Corporate and Support Services at Emirates Identity Authority, stressed the need to take advantage of the experiences of the previous elections to complete the preparations for the upcoming election.

It also discussed the requirements for the implementation of the electronic voting system using 'smart ID' issued by the Emirates Identity Authority. Emphasising the importance of providing all the means to the voters to exercise their electoral rights with ease, the meeting focused on provision of best services that are consistent with the UAE’s Smart Government initiative.

The Emirates Identity Authority had developed an electronic voting system for the Federal National Council elections in 2011, which played a prominent role in the success of the elections. The use of ID card has added a new qualitative dimension to the elections that will ensure security of the votes.