Experts torn on number of students active in political activities

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AMMAN — Jordanian university students are engaged in political activities, experts told Al-Malaka TV on Wednesday, but they were divided on what proportion of the student body was engaged in partisan life.اضافة اعلان

According to the head of student affairs at the University of Jordan, Mohannad Mubeadeen, 7 percent of university students are members of political parties.

“The majority of students express their political opinions through the universities’ lists, but students’ political participation is moderate overall,” he said.

The heads of some student affairs departments “do not appreciate” the idea of political life at universities, Mubeadeen contended, despite the Universities Law no longer criminalizing or penalizing partisan activity on campus.

By contrast, one of the Independent Election Commission’s board of commissioners, Raed Sami Al-Adwan, estimated that around 34 percent of university students have partisan or political affiliations.

Many of the past concerns about student political activity’s impact on security “no longer exist”, Adwan asserted.

He attributed the low rates of political participation among the youth to a variety of reasons, the foremost of which was the internet.

“The Independent Election Commission will launch several projects aimed at public political awareness” according to Adwan.

Coordinator of the National Campaign for Student’s Rights Fakhir Daas  estimated that “66 percent of students have political affiliations, while 34 percent have no political orientation.” He stressed that most of the active student forces in universities are non-partisan.

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