When Are the Next Parliamentary Elections?!

تم نشره في Mon 7 March / Mar 2016. 10:02 PM
  • محمد ابورمان

The Lower and Higher houses of Parliament concluded their works with passing the new election legislation, pending Royal Decree and its publishing in official papers. This way, we would have folded the “single vote” page that has dominated the political scene in Jordan for almost two decades, for good.

But there still is, regardless, much debate in parliamentary, political, and journalistic communities, about “when” will the next parliamentary elections take place; preceded by the disassembly of the House of Representatives and the departure of the current Government, and other related governmental procedures.

Politicians left not one possibility out without analysis; starting with the possible disassembly after passing the bill, all through the possibility of waiting their current term out until next May, as well as the possibility of concluding the constitutional terms of Parliament, in November, considering that the law requires for the elections to be held 4 months before concurrent constitutional terms are concluded. Overall, we are put before several possible timings —either August or November, mindful of confirmations by the Prime Minister that the smart election card will be ready in August!

Possible scenarios vary for the Government, and are related naturally to the fate of Parliament. But two main scenarios circulated the political field in Jordan; first, the formation of a transitional government after the current one disassembles parliament, wherein most ministers would retain their positions, temporarily, until the new elections take place. The second scenario, however, is a new government, to conduct the new elections, and endure afterwards.

On the other hand, one scenario promoted by the Premiere and the Representatives, is a “government hand s over to government, and a parliament hands over to parliament” dynamic, to avoid constitutional vacancy in State —this particular method has been applied in some of the world’s oldest democracies. This means that the current government and Lower House are to remain until the new government and House of Representatives are formed and elected to be handed the political premise. This scenario though, is farfetched for Jordan, out of fear that the interests of Representatives may interfere with the electoral process.

Only recently, over the past two days, speculations of a new, unthought-of scenario are spreading, one that was not seriously proposed during the previous phase; postponing the elections another one or two years, allegedly —and typically, because of dangerous regional conditions that surround Jordan, and of possible ways they may affect Jordan’s security over the coming months.

I do not know what signals the political and parliamentary elite picked up to weight likey the possibility of postponing the elections! Besides, these reasons above are the very reason why these elections have to be held, not postponed!

Why?

Because the storming regional events, even though they have shaped into conflicts of agency, they originate from internal factors that readied the region for the crises that led foreign players into game. Therefore, fortifying the internal front, strengthening and securing it, as well as empowering national consolidation, is the basic factor in national security and the preservation of stability, and this comes before military and security primacy.

Hereon, our best bet to protect Jordan internally, is political melding, reformation, the expansion of the popular basis, the extension of public rights, and the bridging of gap between political institutions and the Jordanian people. Notably, this is what we are looking forward to in the coming elections; the production of a new parliamentary elite, a new government, the revitalisation of the political scene in Jordan, and the maximisation of its democratic effectiveness.

Jordan decided to change the election laws and tear out of its single vote cocoon. And it was decided right in the middle of regional crises; reflecting confidence, and conveying a message that stands as strong as does the Country’s own social fabric. Holding the new elections soon will fortify these strong spirits that comprise a definitive factor among the softer strengths of the State.

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