Engineers Association's were ‘dishonest’ elections – Tarawneh

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AMMAN— The elections of the Jordan Engineers Association (JEA) were rigged and re-election is imperative, an association president-hopeful claimed.اضافة اعلان

 Buthaina Al-Tarawneh from Watan list claimed that there were engineers from some security agencies who voted for the association’s council.

“They were asked to vote for certain candidates and they were in queues; they were threatened to lose their jobs, if they did not vote for a particular list,’’ Tarawneh told Jordan News.

She said the White and Green streams boycotted the elections. Members of the two groups refused to answer repeated Jordan News calls for comment.

The Islamist stream, which had a strong presence in the association in the past, has also stayed away.

Only 8,315 out of 74,000 engineers registered with the association, the largest among Jordan’s professional unions, cast ballot, she pointed out.

The Nomu stream won a vast majority of seats in JEA’s council in the one-day elections held last Friday.

Vice President Fawzi Masad insisted that the election was fair and that polling was carried out in a “positive atmosphere.” He dismissed that the rumored rigging was baseless.

“The White stream boycotted after results for the association’s branches in governorates were evidently decisive for the Nomu stream and by a large margin,” He said. “So, they withdrew from the elections of the engineering departments and from all the association bodies.”

He said that the grouping claimed that its withdrawal was prompted by the alleged intervention of government institutions in favor of Nomu. “We believe that the real reason is the inability of the White stream to increase the number of its supporters in the past four years.”

Malik Amaireh, a member of the Engineers Association and a former head of the Electrical Engineering Department, told Jordan News that he shunned the vote because the “white stream I belong to has boycotted”.

He asserted that “fraud and interference” in the electoral process was repeated for a third time “to eliminate any free vote in our association”. He did not explain the other two times.

Engineer Ahmad Samara Al-Zoubi was elected president of JEA, according to the polls’ tally. His electoral list Nomu, won 6,013 votes, compared with 1430 votes for Buthaina Al-Tarawneh, 253 for Nayef Al-Bsoul, 239 for Ayman Al-Amro, and 41 for Najah Al-Jitawi.

Jamal Abu Eid, secretary-general of the Ministry of Public Works and Housing, announced the election of the association’s president, vice-president and heads of departments.

Masad, the vice president, received 6,321 votes, compared with 1,395 won by Omar Al-Tahat.

The number of voters in Amman was 3,404, Zarqa 647, Irbid 1,223, Aqaba 372, Tafileh 198, Mafraq 286, Karak 461, Balqa 794, Madaba 267, Ma’an 118, Jerash 302, and Ajloun 243.

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