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Lower House to begin debate on political parties draft law Sunday

2. Lower House
(File photo: Ameer Khalifeh/Jordan News)
AMMAN — The Lower House is set to debate the political parties draft law on Sunday; and is expected to finish discussions of the draft law by the end of the week or early next week before it gets endorsed, according to Al-Ghad News. اضافة اعلان

The Lower House’s Legal Committee had held several lengthy meetings with representatives of parties, civil societies, professional unions, as well as youth and women’s groups before making certain amendments on the draft law and referring it to the house.

Head of the Lower House Legal Committee Abdel Munem Owdat said that the amendments were aimed at facilitating party registration processes, namely reducing the number of attendees at the founding conference from half the number of members to one third.

The committee also stipulated that the number of applicants requesting the establishment of a new political party not be less than 300 members, and those attending the founding conference not be less than 1000 members, and that youth and women’s representation not be less than 10 percent for each category during the first year of establishment. 

The committee requested that over the period of three years women’s and youth representation should gradually increase to 20 percent for each category. 

The committee also approved the legal texts regarding the party’s statute, like limiting the duration of the secretary general’s post to two consecutive terms, holding the general assembly meeting once every four years, ensuring that women and youth would hold senior leading positions in the party, and allowing party alliances for election purposes

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