President issues decree on selection of FNC members
President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan issued the federal decree number 2 of year 2011, on amendment of some provisions of the UAE President's decree number 3 of year 2006, on specifying a method to select representatives of emirates in the FNC.
The move follows the issuance of the Supreme Federal Council of resolution number 1 of year 2011, on the amendment of some provisions of the Supreme Federal Council's resolution number 4 of year 2006, on specifying a method to select the representatives of emirates in the Federal National Council.
These decisions come to fulfill the programme of Sheikh Khalifa on revamping the role of FNC in the backdrop of successful first elections in 2006. They also stress keenness of the leadership on empowerment of the FNC to play its leading role in support of the executive authority.
The Article One of the Supreme Federal Council calls for substitution of item one of the first article of the Supreme Federal Council number 4 of year with the following: half of the members will be elected by the electoral college, constituting 300 representatives, besides representatives of each emirate.
The first article of the UAE President decree number 2 of year 2011 calls for setting up the national committee for elections to be chaired by State Minister for the Federal National Council Affairs, with membership of: Minister of Justice, Minister of Education, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, Secretary General of the Presidential Affairs, Representative from the Ministry of Cabinet Affairs, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Interior, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Interior, Assistant Undersecretary of the Ministry of Federal National Council Affairs, besides three public figures to be named by the committee chairman.
The resolution of the UAE President on selection of the representatives of emirates in the FNC has specified the functions of the national elections committee as follows: It draws the general framework of the electoral process, general supervision of the electoral process, besides contribution to efforts of the electoral awareness, setting of the guide rulers for the elections, specification of the election centres in each emirate, endorsement of the procedural regulations in the light of the electoral legal framework, issuance of rules regulating the electoral colleges to endorse them. The decision will also set a date for holding of the elections.
State Minister for Foreign Affairs, State Minister for the Federal National Council and Head of National Electoral Committee Dr Anwar Mohammed Gargash hailed the decision of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan on specification of method to select the representatives of emirates in the Federal National Council (FNC).
He deemed the step qualitative progress to the electoral process in line with the programmes set to bolster political participation through gradual manner being adopted by the country.
The move follows the empowerment phase announced by Sheikh Khalifa in his address to the nation on the 34th national day anniversary. The political empowerment was blessed and ratified by the Supreme Federal Council as a national work plan that draws future roadmap for the federation.
Gargash referred to broadening of political participation through increment of members of the electoral colleges by 300, besides representatives from each emirate, adding that the move reflects the political programme of UAE President.
"It is a new phase in the political participation development in the UAE, and boosting of the FNC role as stressed by the Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum".
He reiterated that holding of next elections by the National Electoral Committee, which is characterised with societal form, will provide wider participation, adding that it is complementary to the positive experience of the FNC elections held in 2006.
Instructions about murdered policeman
Sheikh Khalifa gave on Tuesday instructions to the Ministry of Interior to elevate Saud Rashid Salim, a policeman, who was murdered on Friday by a criminal gang at Rashidiya Area in Ajman, to the rank of a lieutenant.
The President also instructed the ministry to meet all requirements of the victim's family.
Sheikh Khalifa, who has been closely following the police investigations since the early minutes of the crime, empahsised that those responsible for the murder should be apprehended and brought to justice.
Rashid Salim Khamis Al Ali, father of the victim policeman, said: “The noble gesture is not new to our leadership which lends the esteem of the country and its citizen special attention.”
He affirmed that he would raise his grandchildren on the same approach their father had followed so as to become loyal soldiers in the service of the homeland and its security.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Interior has immediately initiated measures to put the president's instructions in place.
Saud, 26, died of his injuries after being severely stabbed by the burglars. The police arrested the murderers, who were found involved in previous crimes, just 12 hours after they committed the heinous crime.
Saud was born in 1984 and joined the police forces in 2008.
He was survived by his wife and three boys, Rashid (three years), Humaid (two years) and six-month boy Talal.
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