No security intervention in political parties – IEC Head

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AMMAN — Chief Commissioner of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) Musa Maaytah said that there is “no security intervention in political parties in Jordan”.اضافة اعلان

Speaking at a ceremony held on Tuesday to graduate young members of political parties who had attended a series of training workshops on political participation, Maaytah told Jordan News that “the new Elections Law makes it clear that the state is serious about political reform.”

The workshops, organized by Al Quds Center for Political Studies in cooperation with the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, targeted 110 young members of 28 political parties. The workshops focused on empowering young leaders of political parties.

Oraib Al–Rantawi, founder and director of Al-Quds Centre for Political Studies, told Jordan News that “some events in the history of the country continue to affect the general attitude concerning joining political parties.”

“Other reasons for Jordanians’ fear of participations in politics include the unattractiveness of political parties and the fact that young people feel that their participation would not make a real and essential change,” he added.

He said that “parties are responsible for presenting a discourse that would attract young people. The country also has to send messages of reassurance, in both words and action”.

Resident Representative of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Edmund Ratka told Jordan News that “there is a genuine effort by the Royal Court and the government to move toward more participation in political parties.”

Regarding intervention in politics by security forces, Ratka said “I trust what the government is saying, especially that the new law encourages the youth to engage in politics without fear of intimidation.”

The new Elections Law, the outcome of work by the Royal Commission to Modernize the Political System, states that youths between 18 and 25 must constitute 20 percent of all party members.

It also stipulates having at least one woman among the first three candidates on the general list and among the next three candidates, in addition to having a young man or woman (35 years old or younger) among the first five candidates.

However, a recent poll showed that 87 percent of Jordanians have no knowledge about the law, and only 13 percent had heard or knew about it.

The same poll showed that 67 percent of Jordanians, oppose the participation of university students in political parties, fearing problems, strife, and discrimination, and only 33 percent support such participation.

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