The UAE regime is stepping up its subversive interference in the country’s parliamentary elections next month despite its extreme weakness, bringing it closer to a mock formal election.
FNC elections are limited to the election of 20 members, while the system appoints a similar number. The system itself defines a limited number of international residents who are eligible to vote.
The system interferes in various forms in the FNC elections, including the creation of lists of electoral bodies that have deprived a large segment of the population of the right to stand for election and, most importantly, pressure on candidates to withdraw from the race.
This is done amid complete silence from the National Elections Commission, which is administered and fully controlled by the ruling regime.
And announced the election candidate Maryam al-Shehhi withdraw from the race for the Federal National Council after receiving “an order from the state” to withdraw.
Al-Shehhi complained in several interviews of her punishment for calling for a comprehensive change in the state that would guarantee the release of public freedoms, promote resettlement and counter foreign influence.
In what is considered one of the most important criteria for the success of any elections, is its independence, the UAE system corrupts the elections and loses the remaining value.
A few days ago, the withdrawal of a candidate for the Federal National Council elections in the UAE exposed the reality of the formal elections organized by the regime and imposed severe restrictions on the candidates and their adopted issues.
In a statement on his Twitter account, candidate Ghaith Abdullah announced his withdrawal from the FNC elections scheduled for the fifth of next month.
Abdullah said that his withdrawal came due to restrictions imposed on him in light of the pledges made to develop the National Assembly with legislative powers and raise the ceiling of freedom of expression and constructive criticism.