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Khalifa calls upon voters for broad and active participation in FNC elections

Sep 20, 2011 - 11:03 -

WAM Abu Dhabi, 20th Sept. 2011 (WAM) -- President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has call upon members of electoral colleges for broad and active participation in the elections to the Federal National Council so that the real participation can be achieved.

Addressing the nation ahead of the second Federal National Elections on 24 September 2011, the President said :''Citizen is the key element in the development and progress of the country, and should be a partner in shaping the future of the nation and shaping its policy so that our citizens will enjoy a radiant future.

''We have to walk with a clear vision to empower the Federal National Council. And the upcoming elections on September 24 is the perfect opportunity to make a major step towards this goal, which will be achieved, God willing, with your virtuous efforts.

Since the establishment of the Federal National Council in 1972, Sheikh Khalifa indicated, it worked to embody the proper relationship between the government and the people in the United Arab Emirates.

''It continues to be the strong platform for political participation and positive impact on the decision-making process in the country, and hence inspired our great interest in enabling it and activating its role so that it will become the authority that supports and guides of the country's executive authority.

''Not a single phase along the march of building the country was devoid of the existence of consultative councils surrounding the country's leadership as they strongly believed in the importance of people's participation.

''Since the year 2006 we started a new experience for the election of half the members of the Council with the faith that political participation is an integral part of the progress of the country and the comprehensive development we live,'' the President added.

Sheikh Khalifa expressed the UAE's determination to cross over to a new phase of development and achievement and to uphold and consolidate its position among the world countries.

Following is the full speech of the President: My Brothers and sisters, fellow citizens, Peace, Mercy and blessings of God be upon you.

I address you today at a time when we live the glorious days in the history of the United Arab Emirates, which will soon celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Union, with a determination to cross over to a new phase of development and achievement and to uphold and consolidate its position among the world countries.

My compatriot sons and daughters, UAE's achievements, progress and development are the fruits of the Union's march initiated by the founding fathers led by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Since the beginning of the Union, Sheikh Zayed, along with his brothers the rulers of various emirates, adopted the glorious methodology of consultation with the members of the people and of involving them in shaping the future of their motherland.

Not a single phase along the march of building the country was devoid of the existence of consultative councils surrounding the country's leadership as they strongly believed in the importance of people's participation and because consultation is at the heart of our culture and heritage. And here we are today to continue the march of our parents and grandparents by following their footsteps and the principle which emphasises that building of man is the best way to the building the homeland.

My compatriot Brothers and sisters, Our beloved nation has made great strides in all areas, and has become a model of achievement and sustainable development, thanks to the efforts of its sons and daughters, and thanks to the wise policy that has been adopted in various areas on internal and external levels. All these together has fortified the position of our country among the ranks of the developed nations, and this would not have been possible without the hard work and efforts of our citizens, each one in his and her own place of duty.

My sons and daughters, Since the establishment of the Federal National Council in 1972, it worked to embody the proper relationship between the government and the people in the United Arab Emirates. It continues to be the strong platform for political participation and positive impact on the decision-making process in the country, and hence inspired our great interest in enabling it and activating its role so that it will become the authority that supports and guides of the country's executive authority. Since the year 2006 we started a new experience for the election of half the members of the Council with the faith that political participation is an integral part of the progress of the country and the comprehensive development we live.

Brothers and sisters, Citizen is the key element in the development and progress of the country, and should be a partner in shaping the future of the nation and shaping its policy so that our citizens will enjoy a radiant future. We have to walk with a clear vision to empower the Federal National Council. We view the upcoming elections on September 24 is the perfect opportunity to make a major step towards this goal, which will be achieved, God willing, with your virtuous efforts.

On this important national occasion, I call upon my sons and daughters the members of electoral bodies for broad and active participation in the elections to the Federal National Council so that we can achieve the real participation and its activation.

Success is bestowed by God Almighty.

May His peace, Mercy and blessings be upon you.

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