EU Observer Mission Briefed on Electoral Measures, Reform Steps

تم نشره في Sun 18 September / Sep 2016. 12:00 AM
  • The European Union Election Observation Mission with Minister of Political and Parliamentary Affairs Mousa Maytah in meet - (Petra)

AMMAN — The European Union Election Observation Mission Sunday hailed "smooth" electoral procedures Jordan had put in place to conduct Tuesday's parliamentary polls.

The mission noted during a meeting with Minister of Political and Parliamentary Affairs Mousa Maytah the efforts Jordan had undertaken to bolster democracy and expand participation in decision-making amidst a turbulent region.

Holding the elections at this stage underlined the Jordanian state's confidence in the reform drive, it said.

Maytah briefed the EU mission about the various stages of reform, noting HM King Abdullah's keen interest to bring the various political, partisan, civic and social forces into the reform process, which was based on the National Dialogue Committee's input and constitutional amendments and the ensuing establishment of the Constitutional Court and the Independent Elections Commission.

The current stage of reform, he said, was based on four key legislations to advance political, partisan and parliamentary life, municipal affairs and decentralisation.

"We in Jordan address national issues with responsible and serious dialogue. That's why the world feels in reality that the reform process is proceeding gradually, without blind leaps in the darkness", he told the five-member EU observer team, adding that many had realized that the Jordan reform management style had made success.

The minister said that this time, parliamentary elections will be conducted according to the open proportional list that depends on collective work, and involves the formation of political, partisan, and societal lists to institutionalize parliamentary practice based on platform-based blocs, which will lead to parliamentary governments.

He pointed out that all political parties had declared they will participate in the polls, which is a privilege of the new electoral law, which enables them to coalesce to form lists and blocs and pave the way for future cooperation under the dome.