Whom to Elect?

By Fahed Khitan

تم نشره في Sat 11 June / Jun 2016. 08:15 PM
  • Fahed Khitan

There is an evident need to inaugurate awareness campaigns on the new elections legislation to which accordance the upcoming elections will take place. The Independent Elections Commission have indeed begun an early campaign to aggregate participation in the elections, which is to include a simplified elaboration on the electoral system and polling mechanisms. No doubt, State institutions will back this campaign and designate their media channels to the spread of awareness on participation.

While it is true that the majority of the electoral bases have no knowledge of the basics of the new law, but this is not as alarming as one would think. As soon as campaigns intensify and the date of the elections nears, awareness will expand, and the populace would by then develop a better understanding of the elections process.

Jordanian electors have extensive expertise in this particular regard. They have adapted to all the elections systems adopted so far. Anyone with the ability to comprehend the system of virtual circuits, with all its complexities; will not find it difficult to adapt to a simple system like the open electoral list system.

The major, and most dangerous challenge to these elections, is the polling inclination. This would determine the scale of response aspired for with the new legislation.

The upcoming elections will feature two types of electoral lists; lists comprised of party and agenda based representation of currents and coalition, and individual lists.

The prior hopes to have as many of their proponents and members arrive at parliament, in order to influence the discourses of the political dynamic in Jordan. Therefore, these currents would require of their electoral bases to vote their lists in at whole, without bias or discrimination.

The latter type of lists, is different, totally; the head of the list is an individual that was forced to formulate a list to abide by the law. This means that they are not interested in their partners’ success in to parliament, and would seek to aggregate exclusive votes to their favour. In this regard, the list is more or less illusive, or virtual; and voting would take the form of the “single-vote” dynamic the new legislation overcame.

It is, however; of the State’s interest that most voters go for the first form of lists, to carry as many representatives of the people to Parliament as possible, paving the way for the formation of homogeneous Parliamentary blocs under the dome, in order to preface the formation of a real Parliamentary government, based on blocs and agendas, instead of individuals crowding over positions and personal interests.

Subsequently, it becomes the State’s duty, should they be serious about developing Parliamentary Government further; to work up the level of Parliamentary Representation, through supporting Party and Bloc lists’ into Parliament.

Primarily, the government has to design campaigns that raise awareness on the distinction between those two types of electoral lists, and encourage them to go for party and bloc based lists, without hesitation

This would contribute to the formation of politicised elections campaigns, elevate electoral awareness, aggregate support for programme and agenda based currents, and work about the ridding of the phenoms of individual candidates, as well as limiting the influence of political money and donations on electors.

It is easy to tell everyone where the polls are, and how to vote. What is important though, is how to aggregate a public inclination towards programme based lists? This is the challenge, and here lie the interests of the State.