House joint committee continues dialogue over municipalities bill

Members of the Lower House are seen under the Dome. (Photo: Jordan News)
Members of the Lower House are seen under the Dome. (Photo: Jordan News)
AMMAN — The Parliamentary Legal and Administrative Joint Committee on Sunday continued its meetings with civil society institutions and government actors to listen to their views on the municipalities and decentralization bill for the year 2021.اضافة اعلان

The meeting, in which professional associations’ leaders took part, along with academics and jurists, are held in cooperation with theAl-Hayat Center for Civil Society Development, "Rased,” an NGO that monitors the performance of the legislature.

During the committee’s meeting, its rapporteur, MP Ahmed Al-Khalayleh, emphasized the significant role of professional associations in the Jordanian political life. He said that engaging the syndicates in the dialogue “reflects the committee’s belief in the role of unions and the importance of listening to their feedback and opinions.

Head of the Jordan Pharmacists Association Zaid Al-Kilani told Jordan News that this meeting was important for the members of various unions and associations to share their opinions and demands. “We asked them to grant the municipalities wider powers to collect their financial revenues, as well as increase the representation of women in governorate councils. We also stressed the importance of promoting grassroots’ participation in municipal elections and decentralization.”

The unionists also demanded that trade unions and professional associations be represented on municipal councils, among the government appointees.

Deputy Ali Al-Tarawneh, chair of the administrative committee and a member of the joint committee, said that the bill is very important, said that the meetings will continue until the dialogue is wrapped up, and the articles of the law will be drafted after that. "The law has taken an urgency status, but that does not mean that it does not take adequate time for discussion."

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