The Elections Marathon, After Eid!

By: Fahed Khitan

تم نشره في Tue 5 July / Jul 2016. 09:02 PM
  • Fahed Khitan

After Eid, the elections marathon will commence. Days off will see condensed among candidates, to place the final touches on the electoral lists, and build tribal and party alliances.

Electoral movement is still tepid and limited to tight circles. But after Eid, the electoral machine revs; tribal courts and political and party groups will advance to aggregate the wider electorate, betting cautiously on an elections that has typically been disappointing.

 We have little indices and information, which in anyway are insufficient to outline or build expectation on the nature of the elections process and its prospected outcomes.

Traditional faces, as well as fresh ones, enter the race; parties holding on to their chance to represent, and characters of varying weights trying to retain the spotlight.

We await the announcement of nominees; Islamists have yet to announce their runners, and leftist and pan-Arabist parties debating among themselves, and disparity is obvious. Some parliamentary figures, though, have already secured a seat under the Dome, while others have decided to retire.

The 3rd circuit in Amman, known as the Whale Circuit, is the circuit of political life in Jordan; competing there is a totally different world. Is it still that way?

While the participation of the full spectrum of political colour in the elections this time, flavours it with a taste we’ve missed in previous elections, the circuits of major cities, Balqaa, Kerak, and Irbid, are all candidate to see long due political debate and electoral rivalry. However, money and electorate bribery will dominate strongly. A considerable part of the running nominees are in it for personal gains, back by an electorate and populace fully ready to comply to such aspirations.

This new elections system is new, and may entail some surprises, which makes anticipation difficult, for now. Yet, it is definite that all electorate circuits will see the birth of dozens of lists, which may decisively affect the minimum of votes required to pass per circuit.

The State, with weight fully behind the Independent Elections Commission (IEC), seems a bil distant for now, and inclined more to back the Commission’s campaigns to entice electorates, enlighten about the laws, and the consequences of violating them.

In this discourse, State institutions are active, but on the political level, the State has yet to make its stand, nor propose clear answers to what is expected by them of the upcoming elections: a parliament like the others? A typical House of Representatives? A Parliament that passes the government’s legislations, bills, and policies only? Or a new political elite to represent the political spectrum of the Country?

Elections like the upcoming one cannot be left afloat, without a roadmap, objectives, and missions; a criterion for the required House to achieve these goals!

Tampering with the poles, as well, is not acceptable, and I do not think anybody is considering such a catastrophic option. Formulation of public opinion outside the polls, however, is legitimate and demanded, and eventually serves the interests of the State.

The State is the higher guidance and director of Public opinion in Jordan, and everybody’s waiting on their stance to be announced; electorate and runner alike!