Jordanians elect municipal, governorate councils, and GAM representatives

Election Elections
(Photo: Ameer Khalifeh/Jordan News)
AMMAN  — Jordanians on Tuesday cast their votes to elect their representatives in municipal and governorate councils in the second election Jordan held during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.اضافة اعلان

Polling stations opened at 7am local time for the election of heads and members of 100 municipal councils, members of 12 governorate councils, and two-thirds of the Greater Amman Municipality  (GAM) Council 28 members.

According to the Independent Election Commission (IEC), the number of eligible voters stood at about 4.599 million, of which 2.163 million were men and 2.436 million were women.

A total of 4,646 male and female candidates were competing for mayoralty in 100 municipalities, for 918 seats in municipal councils, 200 of which were reserved for women, for 289 seats in governorate councils, 59 of which were  reserved for women, and for 28 seats in the Greater Amman Municipality Council, six of which are for women. Fourteen members of the (GAM) Council are appointed by the Cabinet; they represent government departments, chambers of industry and commerce, and experts.

Voters cast their ballot in 6,937 boxes — 3,345 for men and 3,592 for women — at 1,850 polling stations; of these, 770 were exclusively for men, 806 for women, and 274 mixed.

The Election Law specifies that there must be 409 electoral districts for municipal councils, 158 districts for governorate councils, and 22 districts in the GAM.

This is the second election that the IEC has held under the Defense Law that was issued in 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The elections were monitored by 5,048 observers representing 18 local and 10 foreign parties. To ensure a smooth voting process, 55,000 security officers were deployed.

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