IEC announces results of provincial, municipal elections

Record turnout for 2022 local elections — Rased

2. IEC Election Results
Head of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) Khaled Kalaldeh speaks during a press conference on March 23, 2022. The IEC on Wednesday announced the final results of the 2022 elections for governorate councils, municipal councils, and the Amman Municipality Council. (Photo: Jordan News)
AMMAN — The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Wednesday announced the official results of the provincial, municipal, and Greater Amman Municipality elections, which were held on March 22, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.اضافة اعلان

In a statement, IEC Chairman Khaled Kalaldeh said the official results were posted on the commission's website after being audited, in preparation for their publication in the Official Gazette.

Prime Minister Bisher Al–Khasawneh praised the IEC in its "objective, transparent, and efficient" efforts in overseeing and organizing the local elections.

Khasawneh said that the IEC have practiced their constitutional mandate objectively and efficiently in organizing and supervising the local elections.

Preliminary election results started being issued on Tuesday by candidates calculating their ballots, according to the IEC head, who highlighted the difficulties in the process of dealing with the women's quota.

The IEC dealt with all electoral irregularities that were identified by various parties, which "did not affect the integrity of the election process," he stated.

A total of 12 violations were referred to the judiciary, in addition to two cases that were reported to the IEC on Wednesday, and were transferred to the relevant authorities, Kalaldeh said.

Additionally, the IEC will release a 500-page report within two days that thoroughly provides details related to the March 22 election process.

Record turnout

The municipal and governorate council elections saw the highest voter turnout in the Kingdom’s history, according the Al-Hayat Centerfor Civil Society Development (Rased), Al-Mamlaka TV reported.

According to the center’s director general, Amer Bani Amer, it is a “positive indicator of the success of the Jordanian political reform efforts.”

Of the mayors elected, 75 were elected for the first time, and 10 ran as part of a political party. Five are members of the National Congress Party, four are part of the newly formed National Chapter Party, and one is a member of the National Youth Party, according to Rased. The average age of the mayors elected is 52 years old.

Sixty-eight women were elected outside of the women’s quota, Bani Amer said. No women stood for mayoral election, according the IEC’s report.

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