House committee begins deliberations of elections and parties laws Tuesday

IEC. (Photo: Jordan News)
AMMAN — Head of the Parliamentary Legal Committee Abdel Moneim Al-Awdat said on Sunday that the committee “will start discussing, from next Tuesday, the draft elections and parties laws", according to Al-Mamlaka TV.اضافة اعلان

At a committee meeting, Awdat said that a series of meetings will be held by several members of the Royal Committee to Modernize the Political System’s secretary-generals of political parties, representatives of political forces, experts and specialists, “to sound views and proposals and obtain the highest level of national consensus".

Member of the committee Suleiman Al-Qallab said that the Sunday session was expected to draw up a roadmap to deal with the two laws” as a matter of urgency".

"A reasonable time to discuss the two laws means that we will not rush and will not extend talks, and each law will be granted ample time for it discussion," he said.

The Ministry of Political and Parliamentary Affairs said on Saturday that there is a movement toward forming new parties, following the recommendations of the Royal Committee to Modernize the Political System.

Several parties applied for registration, according to the general secretary of the ministry, Ali Al-Khawaldeh, who said that some parties had applied "before the formation of the Royal Committee, and the rest after last June, that is, after the establishment of the committee".

"At least 41 seats are reserved for political parties in the upcoming parliamentary elections, so the party arena will undoubtedly see a movement," he said.

Royal Committee to Modernize the Political System’s Political Parties' Committee Adnan Sawair said it is premature to expect a parliamentary government very soon, since the draft law on parties is in "phase one", and the number of parties, through the national lists, in the next House of Representatives will be 30 percent, "a percentage that does not constitute a majority”.

Independent Election Commission mandate must be amended

Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the Independent Election Commission (IEC), Khaled Al-Kalaldeh, said that the IEC only deals with enacted legislation and executes laws under its mandated constitutional functions, noting that its name would have be changed to become “independent election and parties commission” to be able to handle political parties’ issues.

In a statement to Al-Rai, Kalaldeh said that the Commission would wait for the constitutional amendments to be published in the official gazette before they become applicable to political life practices. 

Kalaldeh said in order for the IEC to address political parties affairs, the IEC Law would have to be amended to align with the constitutional item that was annexed to Article 67, stating that “the IEC has been entrusted with considering applications for the establishment of political parties and following up on its affairs.”

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