The UAE holds the world’s first fully-electronic national election with Scytl technology

Barcelona & Dubai, October 6, 2015 – The UAE Ministry of Federal National Council Affairs deployed the advanced voting system provided by Scytl, the worldwide leader in secure online voting and election modernization, for the successful execution of the Federal National Council Elections 2015. Noted as the world´s first fully-electronic national election, it recorded a 119% increase in participation with the final results announced in a record time of just over 30 minutes.

The Federal National Council Elections, launched by UAE President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and supported by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, aimed at promoting political participation across the UAE.

His Excellency Dr. Anwar Mohammed Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Minister of State for Federal National Council Affairs (FNC) and Chairman of the National Election Committee (NEC), said: “The FNC Elections 2015 has been a huge success by all standards. With an increase of over 119% in the total number of votes cast and an increase in female voters reaching 38.94% compared to 32.57% in the 2011 election, we are well on the path of leveraging technology for continued citizen engagement and participation.”

The FNC placed its trust in Scytl and its election experts and technology to deliver an efficient, secure and transparent election process, supporting the UAE´s vison of building a strong election modernization foundation as the country strives for gradual universal suffrage.

“After working with Scytl in 2011, we were confident that their global electoral expertise and proven technology would help us successfully conduct the 2015 elections, as well as anticipate and resolve any potential issue that would arise,” said HE Tariq Hilal Lootah, Under-Secretary of Ministry of State for Federal National Council Affairs and Head of the Elections Management Committee.

Scytl provided an end-to-end electronic election platform that included, among other solutions, automated voter check-in though national ID, electronic voting, electronic results consolidation and online publication and dissemination of election results.

“It is a privilege to work hand in hand with the UAE and the NEC and their leading role in the Gulf region in the leverage of innovation across all fields including elections via secure and transparent electronic voting technology and processes. The progressive rate at which the UAE and its citizens successfully adopt new technology bodes extremely well for the future of secure and transparent election modernization in the region,” concluded Pere Valles, CEO of Scytl.


About Scytl

Scytl is the global leader in secure election management, electronic voting and eGovernance solutions. Specializing in election modernization technologies, Scytl offers the first end-to-end election management and voting platform, providing the highest security and transparency standards currently available. Scytl has capitalized on its more than 18 years of research to develop election-specific cryptographic security technology protected by more than 40 international patents and patent applications, positioning Scytl as the company with the largest patent portfolio of the industry.

Scytl’s solutions have been successfully used in over 40 countries across the globe over the past 10 years, including Canada, the United States, United Kingdom, France, Norway, Switzerland, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, the UAE, India, Iceland and Australia. Scytl is headquartered in Barcelona, Spain, with strategic offices in the United States, Canada, Brazil, Peru and Greece, as well as field offices in the UK, Ukraine, Mexico, Malaysia, India, Bangladesh and Australia. For more information, visit


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