Higher voter turnout in rural regions than in the capital — Krishan

Tawfiq Krishan
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Local Administration Tawfiq Krishan. (Photo: Jordan News)
AMMAN — Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Local Administration Tawfiq Krishan said on Tuesday that voter turnout was higher in rural areas than in the capital as voters cast ballots to choose governorate and municipal councils across the Kingdom and members the Greater Amman Municipality Council, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.اضافة اعلان

Ballot boxes opened at 7am for voters to elect heads and members of 100 municipal councils, 12 governorate councils and two-thirds of the Greater Amman Municipality Council’s 28 members.

“We congratulate the nation on election day, which coincides with the start of the second centennial of the Jordanian state,” Krishan told a press conference held jointly with Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the Independent Election Commission Khaled Kalaldeh.

He said that voters in the governorates were motivated, but voting was at a low point in Amman, adding that voters were urged to choose candidates with experience and who have the competency to manage development files in governorate and municipal councils.

Krishan said the local administration law aims to boost decentralization and separate its many tasks from those of municipal councils, noting that 40 percent of the governorate councils’ allocations are geared toward development, in partnership with the private sector.

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