On October 5, 2019, United Arab Emirates witnessed the biggest democratic process— the election of new members of Federal National Council.
It was the moment of truth for the 479 candidates as they face results after a tiring month-long campaign.
In Dubai, declared winners were Hamad Al Rahoumi, Ahmed Abdullah Al Shafan, Maryam Majid Khalifan bin Sunayyah and Sarah Mohammed Amin Falkinaz.
While, in Abu Dhabi, Suhail Al Faali, Khalifan Rashid Al Shamsi, Naema Al Mansouri and Moza Mohammed Al Amri were victorious.
The top three candidates came from Sharjah and Ras Al Khaimah, meanwhile two winners were pronounced from Ajman, Fujairah, and Umm Al Quwain.
The UAE Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, announced the 20 victorious candidates across the country right after the votes were tallied.
The announcement took place on Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center (Adnec) polling station around 10 in the evening on Saturday, where it was filled with mixed emotions.
Winner from Abu Dhabi, Naema Al Mansouri, appreciates the trust that the people have given her. She said that “It has been such a stiff competition but thank God, I have emerged a winner. I promise to represent my people with due diligence.”
As Al Mansouri becomes one of the newly elected official in the FNC, along with this is the UAE becoming one of few countries in the world to record 50 percent members as women.