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Majority of Jordanians want more seats for national ticket

(Photo: Petra)
(Photo: Petra)
AMMAN — An overwhelming majority of Jordanians want a new election law to dedicate seats for national tickets, with 31 percent saying that half of the House’s seats should go to these lists.اضافة اعلان

According to the results of the poll, conducted by the Center for Strategic Studies as a royal committee started its mandate to amend laws governing parliamentary elections and political parties, 56 percent of Jordanians believe that the existing electoral legislation and system are unfair, and 55 percent say that Jordan's electoral process is not managed with fairness or transparency.

Meanwhile, 54 percent of Jordanians believe that elections are neither free nor fair.

The Royal Committee for Political Modernization was formed in June upon a decree of His Majesty King Abdullah. Senator Samir Rifai was designated as the chairperson of the committee, whose goal is to modernize and improve Jordan’s political system, starting with the laws regulating political parties and elections. Ninety-two members were originally appointed to the committee, from a variety of political and cultural backgrounds.

The subcommittee designated to suggest changes to the elections law has recommended an increase in the total number of House seats to 150, with a third of which allocated to the national list. The poll showed that 92 percent of respondents were against increasing the number of these seats.

The CSS poll, a field survey conducted on a sample of citizens in all parts of the Kingdom from July 11-17, aimed to examine the public’s attitudes to issues related to the upcoming parliamentary elections.

The sample consisted of 1,856 individuals aged 18 and above, split by half between males and females, who were chosen randomly from all of the Kingdom's governorates. A total of 88 researchers and 22 observers participated in the survey.

According to the results, the majority of Jordanians support allocating quotas in Parliament, particularly for youth and women.

Meanwhile, 41 percent of Jordanians believe the royal committee will be able to modernize the country's political structure, while 42 percent believe that Jordan will never be able to modernize its political system.

The study also indicates that 44 percent of Jordanians and 48 percent of youth would definitely not vote if parliamentary elections were held in the near future, compared to only 27 percent who would vote. More than half of Jordan's youths say that the country's elections are neither free nor fair.

According to the study, if parliamentary elections are held in the near future, more than half of eligible women, or 51 percent, will not vote.

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