Only 67 out of 4,820 candidates are members of political parties — IEC

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AMMAN — Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the Independent Election Commission(IEC) Khaled Al-Kalaldeh said that the number of requests by political party members for the governorate and municipal council elections has amounted to only 67 out of 4,820 applications, while requests by female candidates reached only 17.99 percent of the total number of requests, which is a concerningly low percentage that requires a review by concerned specialists. اضافة اعلان

The IEC has received candidacy applications over a period of three days. Applications selection can be a lengthy process, as each application is reviewed the IEC staff, and is then referred to the board of commissioners to make individual decisions on the applications individually.  He said that until Friday decisions were reached on applications from five governorates and that some applications did not meet the requirements.

Concerned candidates, whose applications did not meet the requirements, were notified of the IEC decision to enable them to object at the courts, according to Kalaldeh. The final list of candidates will be announced once the revision process has been completed, he said. 

Kalaldeh said that there are 100 municipalities, in addition to Amman, divided into 409 constituencies, 16 of which were decided by acclamation.  He said those who succeeded to run for the elections by acclamation will be announced at the end of elections, together with the other winning contestants. He said the IEC’s decisions are subject to objection before the competent courts but not subject to appeals

Kalaldeh said that based on the recent constitutional amendments the IEC law requires certain amendments related to political parties.

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