Politicians split over value of new election law

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AMMAN — The Lower House of Parliament on Tuesday passed the elections draft law after approving all 74 articles, thus completing the required constitutional amendments needed to modernize the political system, having earlier passed the political parties law.اضافة اعلان

Senator Jamil Al-Nimri said that the essence of the draft law is to make “the political arena partisan,” adding that the next elections will be a “filtering station” for small parties. Nimri believes however that the parties “cannot abolish tribalism, but they can gear it towards political modernization.”

The modernization efforts aim “to transform parliamentary elections into an agenda-based party competition by moving away from independent local competition to national partisanship and arrive at a Parliament formed by political party blocs,” said Nimri.

Nimri explained that the elections and political parties laws came to put the country on the road to parliamentary governments, in phases, by gradually increasing the number of seats allocated to political parties. “This would push independents to join parties and tribesmen would become integrated within the parties and hence obligated to choose their representatives from a certain party,” Nimri noted.

Secretary-General of the Islamic Action Front Party Murad Al-Adayleh said that there is no value for any legislation related to the election law without an appropriate environment for political action.

“The situation today is one in which partisan, civil, and union life is being crushed,” said Adayleh, adding that any discourse about legislation is not sufficient at a time “when partisans are being pursued and political parties are being engineered in their practice of political life.” He stressed that no political project can stand in an atmosphere of exclusion, “and this is our situation today in Jordan.”

Director of the Legal Department of the Partnership and Salvation Party Loay Obeidat said that the recent amendments to the Constitution have “led to eliminating the idea of parliamentary governments, and the constitutional amendments that were made in 2014, 2016, and 2022 had stripped governments of their powers.”

Obeidat pointed out that there no longer exists any value for the existence of a partisan majority in Parliament, and that the election system does not provide an opportunity for any political party to obtain a majority because the election system is based on the idea of small constituencies and completely prevents national lists from becoming a force. “Even if they obtained a majority in the Parliament, the Constitution has taken away their pivotal competencies,” he said.

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