EU-UNDP play key role in supporting the Jordanian electoral process

Sep 19, 2016

On Tuesday 20 September 2016, Jordanian voters will go to the polls to elect a new Parliament. The elections take place under a new election law which was adopted in March 2016 which introduces a new electoral system. The elections are seen as a key step in the political reform process that seeks to develop stronger democratic institutions in Jordan including a more effective multi-party system, strengthen the efficiency of the Jordanian parliament and increase political participation, especially for women and youth.

UNDP has been playing a key role in supporting the electoral process. Through its Support to the Electoral Cycle in Jordan project, which is funded by the European Union, UNDP has engaged with the Independent Election Commission (IEC) since its establishment in April 2012 and included support to the 2013 parliamentary elections. For the 2016 polls, the project has provided comprehensive advice and assistance to the IEC on its institutional development, its engagement with stakeholders, on voter registration and on election operations. 

Ahead of the  elections, the UNDP Support to the Electoral Cycle in Jordan project has published two key background documents to provide stakeholders with comprehensive information on the elections and the new electoral districts adopted under the 2016 Parliamentary Election Law. 

The Atlas for Electoral Districts includes the following data for each district: 

·         A map showing boundaries of sub-districts and the location of polling centers

·         Numbers of registered voters, broken down by men and women

·         Numbers of registered lists and candidates competing, including the number of women candidates

·         Numbers of polling stations

The Frequently Asked Questions provides data on the new electoral system, the distribution of seats, voter registration, lists and candidates, campaigning, election administration and the polling & counting process.

Many other documents on the elections, including copies of all relevant laws, are available on the IEC website (www.iec.jo) which was set up with the support of the project. 

 

Results from the election are expected on 22 September 2016.