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Quantitative Analysis of the Electoral Bodies in the UAE for 2011


15-08-2011
English | العربية

Yasir Al-Muqbel

Senior Non-Resident Fellow -Pubic Opinion Studies


Tag: Government Policy economy
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Prepared by: Yasser Mohammad Al Muqbel
Director of Quantitative Studies Division- Bhuth - Emirate of Dubai


The National Election Committee of the UAE announced the electoral college lists for the year 2011, with a total of around 129 thousand membersan increase about 19 times greater than for the 2006 election.
In this important expansion of the size of the electorate for the 2011 election of half of the members of the Federal National Council the UAE emphasized its progress in enhancing political participation. The rapid, deepening development of political life for UAE nationals was visible in three key quantitative indicators of election committees for 2011, namely:
First, expanding and intensifying the participation of UAE nationals in candidacy and election by increasing the members of electorate by nineteen times the number of the year 2006.
Second, broadening women's participation, because members of the election committees in 2011 are distributed by 53.6% for males and 46.4% for females, whereas the ratio in 2006 was 82.4% for males and 17.6% for females. This reflects a UAE policy aimed to empower women and open the way for their political participation, and this conforms to statements of His Excellency Dr. Anwar Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Minister of State for Federal National Council Affairs and Chairman of the National Election Committee regarding giving an opportunity for Emirati women to enter the realm of parliamentary work equally with men. This shows the great confidence given by the state's leadership for women as key partners in the progressive development of various sectors in the federal government.
Third, the concern of the State and its wise leadership in raising the participation of youth in the national movement as a center of comprehensive development, which was reflected in the concentration of the age distribution of members of electorate in 2011 in the category of twenties with a percentage of 37.4% of the total members, followed by the category of thirties with a percentage of 35.9%. Thus voters age 40 and below formed 73.3% of the total election committees, whereas the percentage of youth below 40 years old in the 2006 electorate was only 58.6%.  
 
Details of the quantitative indicators of election committees for the year 2011, according to each emirate are as follows:
Total Election Committees According to the Emirates
Total number of members of election committees for the year 2011  was about 129 thousand members, with an increase of about 19 times the number of election committees of 2006, and election committees of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi formed the largest proportion of the total election committees and reached to 36.7%, up 26 times of year 2006, followed by the Emirate of Dubai with a percentage of 29%, up 24 times, then the Emirate of Ras al Khaimah with a percentage of 13% up 15 times, while the Emirate of Al Sharjah with a percent of 10.8%, up 13 times, Al Fujairah 4.9% up 14 times, Ajman 3%, up 8 times and Umm al Quwain 2.5%, up 7 times percentage of the year 2006.


Election Committees 2006 Election Committees 2011   
                          2006    Pct             2011          Pct        Times
Abu Dhabi          1,741     26.4%        47,444      36.7%     26.3
Dubai                1,520     23.0%        37,514       29.0%     23.7
Al Sharjah         1,017     15.4%        13,937       10.8%     12.7
Ajman                 436       6.6%          3,920         3.0%      8.0
Umm al Quwain    403       6.1%          3,285         2.5%      7.2
Ras al Khaimah  1,061     16.1%        16,850       13.0%     14.9
Al Fujairah           417       6.3%          6,324         4.9%     14.2
Total                6,595    100.0%       129,274      100.0%    18.6
 
Total of Election Committees as per Gender
The distribution of election committees in the elections of the year 2011 was 53.6% for males, and 46.4% for females, whereas the percentages of the year 2006 committees were 82.4% for males, and 17.6% for females. This reflects the intended policy to empower women and open the way for them to further political involvement.
Distribution of total Election Committees as per Gender in year 2006
Gender Number Percentage%
Males 5433 82.4
Females 1162 17.6
Total 6595 100.0
Distribution of total Election Committees as per gender in year 2011
Gender Number Percentage%
Males 69283 53.6
Females 59991 46.4
Total 129274 100.0 
 
Total Election Committees as per Gender and Emirate
 
The percentage of males in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi reached 48.4% of its total election committees with a better percentage of females of 51.6%, whereas the percentage reached 52.5% in Dubai, Al Sharjah percentage was  around 52%, while the percentage of the remaining Emirates(Ajman, Umm al Quwain, Ras al Khaimah and Al Fujairah) ranged between 61-70%, the following table illustrates the distribution of the Election Committees of the year 2011 as per Gender and Emirate.


Emirate  Gender  Number  Percentage%
Abu Dhabi  Males 22,952 48.4
 Females 24,492 51.6
 Total 47,444 100.0
Dubai Males 19,713 52.5
 Females 17,801 47.5
 Total 37,514 100.0
Al Sharjah Males 7,237 51.9
 Females 6,700 48.1
 Total 13,937 100.0
Ajman Males 2,391 61.0
 Females 1,529 39.0
 Total 3,920 100.0
Umm al Quwain Males 2,212 67.3
 Females 1,073 32.7
 Total 3,285 100.0
Ras al Khaimah Males 10,378 61.6
 Females 6,472 38.4
 Total 16,850 100.0
Al Fujairah Males 4,400 69.6
 Females 1,924 30.4
 Total 6,324 100.0
 
 Total Election Committees as per Age Group
 
Age distribution of election committees members of the year 2011 was concentrated in the age group of twenties with a percentage of 37.4% of total election committees, followed by thirties age group with a percentage of 35.9%, as youth below 40 years formed a percentage of 73.3% of total election committees, while the percentage was 58.6% in the elections of 2006, which reflects the interest of the state and its wise leadership in raising the participation of youth as they are considered the core of comprehensive development in the national movement.


Election Committees in the year 2006  
Age Group  Percentage%  Accumulated Percentage%  
21-30  21.9 22.4 
31-40  36.1 58.6 
41-50  26.1 84.6 
51-60  11.2 95.8 
61 years old and above  4.2 100.0 
 
Election Committees in 2011  
Age Group  Percentage%  Accumulated Percentage %  
21-30  37.4 37.4 
31-40  35.9 73.3 
41-50  17.6 90.9 
51-60  7.4 98.3 
61 years old and above  1.7 100.0 
  
  
Distribution of Election Committees as per Age Group and Emirate
 
Age distribution of the election committees members in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi  was concentrated in the age group of thirties  with a percentage of 42.2% of total election committees, and a percentage of 30.5% for the age group of twenties, the following age distribution table of the Emirate of  Abu Dhabi illustrates the percentage of youth in the election committee, and it indicates that the  age groups of  below 40 years old, formed a percentage of 72.9%.
Age Distribution of the Election Committee of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi:


Age Group  Percentage%  Accumulated Percentage %  
21-30  30.5 30.5 
31-40  42.4 72.9 
41-50  19.9 92.8 
51-60  7.2 100.0 
61 years old and above  .0 100.0 
 
 
Distribution of the Election Committee of  the  Emirate of Dubai as per Age Group
Age distribution of the election committees members in the Emirate of Dubai  was concentrated in the age group of twenties  with a percentage of 39.6% of total election committees, and a percentage of 30.6% for the age group of thirties, the following table of age distribution of the Emirate illustrates the percentage of youth in the election committee, and it indicates that the  age groups of  below 40 years, formed a percentage of 70.2%.
Age Distribution of the Election Committee of the Emirate of Dubai:


Age Group  Percentage%  Accumulated Percentage %  
21-30  39.6 39.6 
31-40  30.6 70.2 
41-50  19.2 89.4 
51-60  9.7 99.2 
61 years old and above  .8 100.0 
 
Distribution of the Election Committee of the Emirate of Al Sharjah as per Age Group
Age distribution of the election committees members in the Emirate of Al Sharjah was concentrated in age group of twenties  with a percentage of 40.6% of total election committees, and a percentage of 34.7% for the age group of thirties, the following table of age distribution of the Emirate illustrates the percentage of youth in the election committee, and it indicates that the  age groups of  below 40 years, formed a percentage of 75.3%.
Age distribution of the  Election Committee of the Emirate of Al Sharjah:


Age Group  Percentage%  Accumulated Percentage %  
21-30  40.6 40.6 
31-40  34.7 75.3 
41-50  17.4 92.7 
51-60  5.8 98.4 
61 years old and above  1.6 100.0 
 
Distribution of the Election Committee of  the Emirate of Ajman as per Age Group
Age distribution of the election committees members in the Emirate of Ajman was concentrated in the age group of twenties  with a percentage of 38.9% of total election committees, and a percentage of 36.7% for the age group of thirties, the following table of age distribution of the Emirate illustrates the percentage of youth in the election committee, and it indicates that the  age groups of  below 40 years, formed a percentage of 75.4%.
Age Distribution of the Election Committee of the Emirate of Ajman:


Age Group  Percentage%  Accumulated Percentage %  
21-30  38.7 38.7 
31-40  36.7 75.4 
41-50  13.2 88.6 
51-60  5.2 93.8 
61 years old and above  6.2 100.0 

Distribution of the Election Committee of the  Emirate of Umm al Quwain as per Age Group
Age distribution of the election committees members in the Emirate of Umm al Quwain was concentrated in the age group of thirties with a percentage of 38% of total election committees, and a percentage of 32% for the age group of twenties, the following table of age distribution of the Emirate illustrates the percentage of youth in the election committee, and it indicates that the  age groups of  below 40 years, formed a percentage of 70%.
Age Distribution of the Election Committee of the Emirate of Umm al Quwain:


Age Group  Percentage%  Accumulated Percentage %  
21-30  32.0 32.0 
31-40  38.0 70.0 
41-50  17.6 87.5 
51-60  6.7 94.2 
61 years old and above  5.8 100.0 
 
Distribution of the Election committee of the Emirate of Ras al Khaimah as per Age Group
Age distribution of the election committees members in the Emirate of Ras al Khaimah was concentrated in the age group of twenties  with a percentage of 41.9% of total election committees, and a percentage of 32.1% for the age group of thirties, the following table of age distribution illustrates the percentage of youth in the election committee, and it indicates that the  age groups of  below 40 years, formed a percentage of 73.9%.
Age Distribution of the Election Committee of the Emirate of Ras al Khaimah:


Age Group  Percentage%  Accumulated Percentage %  
21-30  41.9 41.9 
31-40  32.1 73.9 
41-50  12.4 86.3 
51-60  6.7 93.0 
61 years old and above  7.0 100.0 
 

Distribution of the Election Committee of the Emirate of  Fujairah as per age category
Age distribution of the  election committees members in the Emirate of Fujairah was concentrated in the age group of twenties  with a percentage of 58.6% of total election committees, and a percentage of 29.9% for the age group of thirties, the following table of age distribution illustrates the percentage of youth in the election committee, it indicates that the  age categories of  below 40 years, formed a percentage of 88.6%.
Age distribution of the Election Committee of the  Emirate of Fujairah:
Age Group  Percentage%  Accumulated Percentage %  
21-30  58.6 58.6 
31-40  29.9 88.6 
41-50  8.5 97.1 
51-60  2.2 99.3 
61 years old and above  .7 100.0 


 

 


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