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Panel recommends allocating 50 House seats for political parties

(Photo: Jordan News)
(Photo: Jordan News)
AMMAN — The sub-committee of the Royal Committee for Political Modernization designated to suggest changes to the elections law has recommended an increase in the total numberاضافة اعلان

The election law defines the seats allocated to parties within the national party list, according to Chairperson of the Royal Committee for Political Modernization, Senator Samir Rifai. There are around 30 recognized political parties in the Kingdom. In comments to local media, Rifai said that the parties and elections committees will meet after they finish their respective bills. 

Below are the changes to be made:

Increase number of parliament seats
The sub-committee agreed to increase the number of seats in the parliament to 150, according to comments posted by sub-committee rapporteur and founder and General Director of Al-Hayat Center for Civil Society Development Amer Bani Amer to state media. Fifty of these seats will be allocated to the national list and limited to recognized political parties only.

Party lists threshold
Parties will have to achieve at least 3 percent of the vote. This is to prevent the repetition of the results of the 2013 election, when most parties won only one seat.

The list will also represent candidates from at least six of the Kingdom’s governorates. Amer explained that “the goal is to translate the directives of His Majesty King Abdullah and the aspirations of the Jordanian people for a partisan parliament and a parliamentary government.”

Maintain proportions and quotas
Though the total number of parliamentary seats will change, the proportion of representation of electoral districts will stay the same. The total number of electoral districts will remain the same, at 23.

Additionally, minimum representation will be maintained through quotas for women, Christians, Circassians, Chechens and Bedouins.

What is the royal committee?
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 (two members, Oraib Rantawi and Wafa Al-Khadra, have resigned).

In addition to the amendments approved by the elections sub-committee, the Women’s Empowerment sub-committee called for canceling the requirement that candidates resigned from their jobs to run for the parliamentary elections and replacing it with obtaining an unpaid leave.

It is expected that the sub-committees will finish their work by August 15th.

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