PM Meets NDI, IRI Delegation

تم نشره في Mon 19 September / Sep 2016. 12:00 AM
  • PM Meets NDI, IRI Delegation - (Petra)

AMMAN — Prime Minister Hani Mulqi on Monday received a delegation representing the National Democratic institute for International Affairs and the International Republican Institute, led by former president of the Republic of Kosovo Atifete Jahjaga.

The delegation is visiting the Kingdom upon an invitation by the Independent Elections Commission to follow up on the parliamentary elections which will be held tomorrow.

During the meeting, which was attended by Minister of Political and Parliamentary Affairs Musa Maayteh, and State Minister for Media Affairs Mohammad Momani, Mulqi said that Jordan is proud to hold the parliamentary elections despite the current situation in the region.

He said that His Majesty King Abdullah II directed the government following its formation, to hold free and transparent elections without the government's interference, and ensure that the current developments will not obstruct the process of achieving political reforms.

The premier said that the government will not interfere in the elections directly or indirectly, noting that its role is restricted in providing all support requested by the Independent Elections Commission, the only body responsible for managing the polls.

"The government has sought for months to provide the relevant atmosphere to hold the elections and encourage citizens to actively take part in the polls in order to reflect their aspirations," Mulqi said.

He said the IEC's openness and invitation to local and international organizations to monitor the polls, reflects Jordan's confidence in the transparency of these elections.

Head of the delegation voiced appreciation for the invitation it had received to monitor the elections, and praised Jordan's ability to hold the elections despite the current situation in the region.

The National Democratic Institute (NDI), or National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, is a non-partisan, non-profit organization that works with partners in developing countries to increase the effectiveness of democratic institutions.

Founded in 1983, the International Republican Institute (IRI) "is a non-profit, nonpartisan organization committed to advancing freedom and democracy worldwide by helping political parties to become more issue-based and responsive, assisting citizens to participate in government planning, and working to increase the role of groups in the political process – including women and youth.