More than 3,000 candidates register for local elections on 1st day

A man registers his candidacy in the local elections in Tla Al-Ali, Amman on February 7, 2022. (Photo: Ameer Khalfieh/Jordan News)
AMMAN — More than 3,000 candidates have registered for elections to municipal and provincial councils in various regions of Jordan until Monday evening, according to the Independent Election Commission (IEC).اضافة اعلان

President of the IEC Board of Commissioners Khaled Kalaldeh told Al-Mamlakeh TV that “more than 40 electoral publicity violations and nine black money infractions were recorded.” He added that by the end of the first day, 14.9 percent of the candidates were women.

According to the Hayat Center, for Civil Society Development (Rased), by midday on Monday, "260 candidates were running for mayoral office, and 1,144 candidates for municipal and provincial councils."

Candidate registration centers opened on schedule at 8:30am Monday morning in all registration centers across the Kingdom.

The elections are being held under the Local Administration (decentralization) and Greater Amman Municipality (GAM) laws, covering 100 local councils and 12 governorate councils with 25 percent of seats allocated to women under a quota system. For the GAM council, voters will elect 28 candidates including six women.

Meanwhile, IEC board member Jihad Al-Momani said that candidates are allowed to begin campaigning as of submitting their candidacy application, according to Jo24.

He added that setting up campaign headquarters are "prohibited" at present due to the ongoing health crisis due to COVID-19, and that the IEC would reconsider its decision based on the Epidemiological Committee’s recommendations. He said any possible delay in the elections is the government's responsibility and changing its date is the IEC’s decision, but that work is underway to hold the elections on schedule.

Momani said that Jordan's elections are subject to local and international monitoring and the placement of cameras at polling stations is a new addition to integrity standards.

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