United Arab Emirates

Federal National Council

Election results

Data on parliamentary elections, including the background, candidates, voter turnout, results and the formation of the new legislature. By default the latest election results are displayed. Select a date to view results from previous elections

Background

Election date(s) The date when elections started and ended for directly or indirectly elected parliaments/chambers. The date of appointments for appointed parliaments/chambers.
07.10.2023
Timing of election Timing of election: Upon normal expiry; Early elections; Delayed elections
Upon normal expiry
Expected date of next elections The expected date at which the next elections should take place, based on law or practice.
31.10.2027
Number of seats at stake Number of seats contested at the elections. Where the parliament/chamber is fully renewed, this number is usually identical to the statutory number of members. Where the parliament/chamber is partially renewed or appointed, the number of seats at stake is usually less than the total number of members.
20
Scope of elections Scope of elections: Full renewal; Partial renewal.
Full renewal

Candidates

Total number of candidates Total number of people who registered as candidates for election. Does not include people who stood as candidates to become "substitute members".
298
Number of male candidates Number of male candidates
174
Number of female candidates Number of female candidates
124
Percentage of women candidates The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women candidates by the total number of candidates.
41.61%

Voter turnout

Registration Number of people registered to vote
398,879
Votes Number of people who actually voted
175,487
Voter turnout The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of people who actually voted by the number of people registered to vote
44%

Results

About the election Short description of the context and results of the election.
The size of the Electoral College (a body that elects half (20) of the members of the Federal National Council) remained small but increased from 337,738 in 2019 to 398,879 in 2023. About 55% of the Electoral College are young Emiratis aged between 21 and 40. Since there are no political parties, all candidates ran as independents. In the 2023 elections, hybrid remote and electronic voting was introduced (see note). As was the case in 2019, the 40-member Federal National Council achieved gender parity in accordance with the 2019 Presidential Decree No. (1), under which women are guaranteed a 50% quota.

Note:
Under the new voting system, if the same person, who has already voted remotely, casts another vote via the electronic voting system at a polling centre, only the last vote will be counted.

There is no data on political parties, for example because there is no party system or candidates stood as independents.

Alternation of power after elections The results of the elections caused a change in the government. "Not applicable" to countries using the presidential system when parliamentary and presidential elections are held separately, to countries in political transition or where there is no party system.
No
Note on the alternation of power
The monarchy.
Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
13
Number of women elected
7
Percentage of women elected The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women elected in the election and the number of seats at stake at the election.
35%
Women Indirectly Elected
7
Women Appointed
13

New legislature

Total number of men after the election The total number of male parliamentarians in this parliament/chamber following the election or renewal, regardless of their modes of designation.
20
Total number of women after the election The total number of female parliamentarians in this parliament/chamber following the election or renewal, regardless of their modes of designation.
20
First-term parliamentarians The number of members who are assuming their parliamentary mandate for the first time following the election or renewal, regardless of their mode of designation.
24
Date of the first session The date when the newly elected parliament/chamber was convened for the first time. It may be different from the date when members were sworn in.
06.11.2023
First Speaker of the new legislature
First Speaker of the new legislature First name of the Speaker of the new legislature following the election or renewal.
Saqr Ghobash (Male)
Date of election
06.11.2023