The Sharjah Consultative Council will include seven women representatives after 21 appointments were made by the emirate’s Ruler in a decree on Thursday.
The appointments by Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi follow historic elections earlier this week in which half of the council’s 42 members were chosen by citizens.
Fatima Al Muhairi, from Al Hamriya district, was the only woman elected. The six appointed include Khawla Al Mulla, director of the Sharjah Family Development Centres, in Sharjah city.
She is joined in Sharjah by Wahida Abdulaziz Mohammed. Noura Mohammed Al Tunaiji was appointed in Al Dhaid. In the eastern region, Ayesha Redha Al Bairaq was appointed to represent Kalba, Hiyam Mohammed Al Hammadi for Khor Fakkan, and Azraa Al Riyami for Dibba Al Hisn.
The results of the polls were announced on Monday, following four days of voting. Sheikh Sultan ordered in June last year that 21 members be elected.
Sixty-seven per cent of registered voters turned out to cast ballots, and 42 per cent who participated were women.
Twelve councillors will serve Sharjah city, while six are from Al Dhaid, two from Al Hamriya, two from Al Batayeh, two from Mleiha, two from Al Madam, six from Kalba, six from Khor Fakkan, and four from Dibba Al Hisn.