The number of the electoral college members in the United Arab Emirates will be doubled to include at least 12,000 members following approval by President Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed on February 15 of a Supreme Federal Council resolution concerning election methods. Half of the representatives in the 40-member Federal National Council (FNC) will be elected by the expanded electoral college while the other half will be appointed by the king and the members of the Supreme Council. This change signals a small move toward greater political participation, considering that the 12,000 members of the electoral college will themselves be chosen from over four million Emiratis. The FNC called for the broadening of political participation and further empowerment of the council as it ended its fourteenth legislative term. The United Arab Emirates witnessed its first elections in 2006 and is expected to hold new elections this year, though the date has not yet been set.
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