No women running for mayor in March’s election — report

In this file photo, a woman casts her ballot in the election of Amman Municipality Council members in 2017 polls. (Photo: Jordan News)
(Photo: Jordan News)
AMMAN — The Hayat Center — RASED’s monitoring team has reported that by mid-day Wednesday a total of 571 candidates had registered to run for the position of mayor, all of them men. اضافة اعلان

Comparatively, in the 2017 elections, according to statistics, the number of candidates were 616, with six women running for mayor.

As for female candidates for municipal council membership, only 22 percent of the total number of those running for municipal council membership were women, which is equal to the percentage of female candidates in the 2017 elections despite the abolition of 355 local councils in accordance with the new Local Administration Law.

As for women candidates for provincial council membership, this year’s elections witnessed a 4 percent increase compared to the 2017 elections, where the percentage of women running for provincial councils reached 13 percent of the total number of male and female candidates.

Zarqa governorate had the highest percentage of women candidates out of the total number of candidates for all positions at the governorate level, coming at 21 percent, followed by Balqa and Mafraq governorates at 20 percent of the total number. The governorates of Jerash, Maan, and Ajloun had the lowest percentage of women candidates with 14 percent.

Regarding the number of female candidates running in governorates, Mafraq had the highest number of female candidates with 152 female candidates, followed by Irbid with 148 female candidates, followed by Karak with 83 female candidates. The capital, Amman had 82 female candidates, and Aqaba had the lowest number of female candidates with 22 female candidates.

When the candidates were asked about their partisan background, it was found that 91 percent of the respondents were not affiliated with any party, while 5 percent respondents were affiliated.

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