SCC Elections attract considerable turnout on 1st voting day

  • Wednesday 20, November 2019 04:46 PM
Sharjah24: The electoral centres of the Sharjah Consultative Council (SCC) elections have witnessed a remarkable turnout of Sharjah citizens, including the elderly and people with disabilities, who have come to elect half of the SCC members.

The nine polling stations in the Emirate are open for four days, from today until November 23, for 12 hours a day from 08:00 to 20:00, for all citizens of the Emirate of Sharjah according to their family registration.

His Excellency Dr. Mansour bin Nassar, Chairman of the Higher Committee for the Sharjah Consultative Council Elections, said the first day of voting witnessed a significant influx of citizens to ballot boxes at the Emirate’s various electoral centres. He affirmed that the unstable weather did not prevent them from rushing to polling stations to fulfil their national duty in response to the call of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohamed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah.

The nine electoral centres across the Emirate of Sharjah, which comprise more than 60 voting machines, have received citizens, who have easily completed the voting process without reporting any issues. This is thanks to the measures taken earlier to ensure the voting process is completed according to the highest standards of accuracy, taking into account persons with disabilities and the elderly, asserted His Excellency Dr. bin Nassar.

For his part, His Excellency Mohammed Khalaf, Director General of the Sharjah Broadcasting Authority (SBA) and member of the Higher Committee for Sharjah Consultative Council Elections, expressed his deep appreciation for the efforts of media institutions in the UAE to support the SCC elections, disseminate its message and highlight its role.

He emphasised the Committee's keenness to provide all needs of the media to facilitate their coverage of the elections.

Senior officials in Sharjah who came to vote on the first day of voting praised the efforts of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohamed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, to support the parliamentary approach and establish the principle of Shura in the Emirate of Sharjah. They commended on the procedures followed as part of the voting process to enable citizens from different segments of the society to cast their votes with ease and high accuracy.

Her Excellency Khawla Al Mulla, Chairperson of the Sharjah Consultative Council (SCC), expressed her gratitude to His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohamed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, for the elections, which have added to the achievements of the Emirate.

She called on Sharjah citizens to actively contribute to the selection of their representative at the Council, noting that the electoral centres’ flexible hours, from 8:00 to 20:00 every day, enable all citizens to take part in the decision making process.

His Excellency Khamis bin Salem Al Suwaidi, Member of the Sharjah Executive Council and Chairman of the Department of Suburbs and Villages Affairs (DSVA), pointed to the measures taken by the DSVA to support the electoral process and urge employees and their families to vote. These include allowing employees to leave during working hours to cast their votes and actively participate in the electoral process.

His Excellency Al Suwaidi lauded the electoral centres, which are equipped with the best technical means to help voters complete the voting process within two minutes only.

Polling stations are distributed across the Emirate of Sharjah as follows:
Sharjah City: Sharjah Cultural and Chess Club
Hamriyah: Hamriyah Municipality
Khorfakkan: Expo Centre Khorfakkan
Kalba: University of Sharjah – Kalba campus
Dibba Al Hisn: Dibba Al Hisn Municipal Council
Al Dhaid: University of Sharjah – Al Dhaid campus
Al Bataeh: Al Bataeh Municipality
Mleiha: Mleiha Cultural Club
Al Madam: Al Madam Municipality