What to Expect Today?

By Fahed Khitan

تم نشره في Mon 19 September / Sep 2016. 12:00 AM
  • Fahed Khitan

This is the second elections Jordan holds since the “Arab Spring” broke loose, and brought terror to our world. We took on the 2013 elections divided, splintered, and today we embark on another journey more consolidated and united. Not a single political party or current is out of the race; atop of them forces that aspired beyond the borders of our Homeland.

Yet, we are not keen to exaggerate expectations. Nonetheless, the upcoming House of Representative is almost surely to do better this time, and for many reasons; least of which the participation of a variety of political currents and parties, as all estimates confirm.

Still; the House soon upon us inherits many of the attributes of its forerunners, from symbolic listings to stuffing, the new House of Representatives will also this time contain a mix of politicised figures, weightless ones, black money, and others who just found themselves under the dome.

Will we really touch on some level of difference between the performances of the new House and older ones?

Certainly; the formation of the new House alone predetermines a relatively enhanced performance, and imposes higher criteria for MPs, both proponent and opponent, all the same.

In terms of expectation, all above is valid. The will of the Jordanian citizenry is the decisive factor today, in the determination of the identity of our nation’s new-born. And the campaign month has given constituents the chance to explore lists and candidates, learn all about their directions, inclinations, abilities, and biases.

More so, those decided to boycott the ballot box today need to realise that the new House will surely have an effect on all our lives, whether we participated or not. So which is better; that we may have a say in the instatement of those who legislate our lives? Or that we may leave our fates for others to fiddle and decide?

Soon, some of us will complain over parliamentary decisions, ratifications, or over hesitant positions against government policy. So why boycott the box now?

The Islamic Action Front party learnt their lesson, after losing so much due to their absence in the previous House. And in many occasions, the Front had to declare estimations of position regarding decisions made by the House even though they had boycotted the elections, which shows the scale of deformity in position, and the impotency of boycotting; which is why this time they’ve decided to run without hesitation.

There is no place now for political activity in Jordan outside of the State institution; and everything beyond is no more than noise and ranting that does no body any good.

Parliamentary Representation is the gateway into the decision making grounds. Regardless of all that is being said about the House’s shortage of authorities, it still can make quite a difference: blocking confidence, siding governments, amending legislation, and monitoring the performance of the executive authorities; all devices included, as well as pursuing the complaints of citizens, and a good bundle of important roles.

Now certainly, the popular fear of forgery is valid; not once were their wills manipulated and changed. Nonetheless, that is now a thing of the past. No official, no matter how high ranked they are, can exact such a heinous act. Because of such violations, the State has lost a lot of its people’s trust, and not another transgression of this sort can be afforded.

The Independent Elections Commission (IEC) has done everything within capacity to secure the integrity and transparency of the polling and sorting; so much that it is more or less aired live to every house.

Now, the law is new to us, which is why procedures will seem astronomical to some, and the results unforeseeable. Regardless, we need to be wise and reasonable.

It is not easy accept defeat, but this is elections; some win, others lose.