AMMAN — His Majesty King Abdullah on Sunday accepted the resignation of the government of Prime Minister Hani Mulki, and designated the premier to form a new government, while the incumbent Cabinet will stay in office as a caretaker until the new team takes oath of office.
AMMAN — Last week’s elections of the 18th Lower House brought 74 first-time MPs and 56 former lawmakers to the Dome, according to information reviewed by The Jordan Times.
Among the former legislators, 39 kept their seats from the 17th Parliament and 17 had held seats in previous legislatures.
The elections, held on September 20, saw the return of two former speakers of the House — Atef Tarawneh and Abdul Karim Dughmi — while four former ministers were elected as MPs. They are Dughmi, Abdullah Akaileh, Mohammad Nouh Qudah and Mazen Qadi.
AMMAN – The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Thursday announced the preliminary results of five districts, two of which had three women winning outside the quota.
Meanwhile, the IEC announced that no re-vote would be held in the Central Badia District, where sabotage of ballots was reported.
At a press conference, Mustafa Barari, head of the commission's special committee entrusted with auditing the elections' results, announced the initial outcomes of Karak, Balqa and Irbid's 1st and 4th districts as well as the Central Badia.
AMMAN — The National Coalition for Reform led by the Islamic Action Front (IAF) has won 15 seats in the 130-member Lower House, according to the preliminary results of the September 20 elections.
Ali Abu Sukkar, the coalition’s spokesperson, said of these 15 seats, 10 were won by members of the IAF, the political wing of the banned Muslim Brotherhood.
AMMAN — Activists on Thursday expressed mixed reactions to the parliamentary election results, as five women won seats outside the 15-seat quota, including three Islamists.
The head of the Women’s Committee at the Senate, Senator Mai Abul Samen, said the results were a clear indication that people “truly believe in women’s role and were convinced by their performance... that is why we have a good number of women who won through direct competition”.
AMMAN — The Lower House elections were efficiently organised and took place in a largely peaceful atmosphere, but some shortcomings were observed, international monitors said on Wednesday.
The International Republican Institute and the National Democratic Institute sent a mission of 45 observers from 26 countries to monitor polling stations on Tuesday, co-led by former Kosovo president Atifete Jahjaga.
“While there were isolated problems, most voters were able to exercise their rights,” Jahjaga said at a press conference.
AMMAN — Only 38 per cent of Jordanians plan to vote in the parliamentary elections on Tuesday, according to an opinion poll released on Saturday.
The poll, conducted by the University of Jordan’s Centre for Strategic Studies (CSS), found that 39 per cent of Jordanians surveyed said that they would not vote, while 11 per cent said they might.
The poll, which surveyed 1,812 members of the public of voting age, as well as 700 opinion leaders, was conducted 100 days after the formation of Hani Mulki’s government.
AMMAN — The final number of candidates running in the upcoming parliamentary elections stood at 1,252 candidates as Friday was the deadline for withdrawal from the race, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) said on Saturday.
Khaled Kalaldeh, IEC president, said 18 candidates had cancelled their candidacy for the elections and one, Lina Ouran from Maan, passed a way during the campaign.
When candidacy registration closed in mid-August, the IEC announced that 1,293 candidates had applied to stand for election on 230 lists.
AMMAN — With nearly 40 days to the parliamentary elections, experts have urged voters to judge candidates running for the September 20 polls based on their ability to address major issues.
In separate interviews with The Jordan Times, the pundits said although tribal considerations would influence the voting decisions of a large segment of Jordanians, some voters, particularly in major cities, would evaluate candidates according to their programmes or stands towards public issues.
AMMAN — The Islamic Action Front (IAF) has agreed to field 25 lists covering every governorate for the parliamentary election, slated for September 20, IAF Spokesperson Murad Adaileh said Thursday.
The party, the political arm of the unlicensed Muslim Brotherhood group, will announce the lists with partnerships it will run in the upcoming election at a press conference on Sunday.
AMMAN — The Independent Election Commission (IEC) seeks to educate young voters and encourage their participation in the upcoming parliamentary elections through social media channels, its president said on Thursday.
There are different methods for addressing each segment of society, said IEC Chief Commissioner Khaled Kalaldeh, adding that communication experts see social media outlets, as the best means to reach out to the younger generation nowadays.
AMMAN — A group of Jordanians, in cooperation with a youth programming company, have launched an app to connect electoral candidates with voters via an interactive, live digital platform.
Through NowabnaJo, voters can ask candidates about their electoral programmes and get answers directly from them, while candidates can share their programmes and visions using multimedia tools such as short videos and live polls.
Islamic Jihad announced on Monday that it would boycott local Palestinian elections scheduled for 8 October, calling instead for national unity.
"We will not participate in the municipal and local elections," the militant group said in a statement.
The movement, which is widely seen as an ally of the Islamist movement Hamas which runs the Gaza Strip, said the elections were not an "appropriate way out of the Palestinian national impasse".
AMMAN — President of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) Khaled Kalaldeh on Monday accused supporters of the former one-person, one-vote electoral system to be behind rumours targeting the September 20 parliamentary elections.
The elections must go ahead next month as the Constitution demands that elections be held within four months of the dissolution of the Lower House, a top official said on Monday.
His Majesty King Abdullah dissolved Parliament by decree on May 29, so elections must be held by the end of September.
AMMAN — The Islamic Action Front (IAF) on Monday said it has completed the lists with partnerships it will run with in the upcoming parliamentary election, and will announce them before the end of this week.
Murad Adaileh, the IAF spokesperson said members of these lists represent different spectra, to include non-Islamists, members of political parties, tribesmen and nominees competing for certain quotas.
Under the 2015 Elections Law, quotas are designated for women, Christians and Jordanians of Circassian/Chechen origins.
AMMAN — Prospective candidates can register to stand for the September 20 parliamentary elections in the period from August 16 to 18, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) said on Tuesday.
Candidates can only stand for election on lists, as running individually is not permitted, said IEC Spokesperson Jihad Momani.
All candidates on a list must submit their nomination at the same time to sign in the presence of the IEC president and to select one candidate to represent the list to the IEC, Momani said in a statement.
AMMAN — The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Wednesday started receiving applications for accreditation for both local and international journalists and observers to monitor the September 20 parliamentary elections, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported. IEC Spokesperson Jihad Momani said applications can be submitted online (www.iec.jo).
AMMAN — Out of a belief in the ability of young people to effect change, Al Hayat Centre for Civil Society Development is working to raise students’ political awareness ahead of the upcoming elections.
Talal Oleimat, the centre’s programme coordinator, said the “Rased” programme aims to boost political activities by holding discussions at Jordanian universities ahead of the September 20 parliamentary vote.
AMMAN — While the government believes that political parties will gain power and influence by forming coalitions prior to the September 20 parliamentary elections, parties still consider themselves incapable of forming such alliances.
With the increasing number of licensed political parties, which now number 49, the pros and cons of building coalitions amid a “lack of mature political, economic and social agendas” were the highlight of a conference on Monday that brought the government and parties together.