Independent Election Commission of Jordan launches electoral legal reform discussions with UNDP support
The Independent Election Commission (IEC) has embarked on a series of internal discussions relating to possible reforms of the electoral legislation.
"The Independent Election Commission is in a unique position to discuss the electoral legislation of Jordan, given its experience in implementing these laws in 2013", said Dr. Ali Drabkeh, Secretary-General of the IEC. "It is for the Government and legislators to decide on legal reforms, but this discussion series is aimed to bring out the IEC experience and, we hope, to provide useful policy input to decision-makers".
The discussions are being held among senior staff of the Independent Election Commission. UNDP electoral advisers facilitate the discussions and provide comparative international perspectives. Advisers of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems also provide technical input.
Topics include legal provisions relating to the roles and responsibilities of the Independent Election Commission, voter registration, candidate nomination, and campaign financing, among other subjects. The discussions are expected to continue into early 2014.
With funding provided by the EU and the Government of Spain through the Global Project on Electoral Cycle Support (GPECS), UNDP Jordan is supporting the IEC of Jordan as it builds its long-term capacity and standing as a credible, professional and independent organization. The project was launched in 2012 and runs until early 2016.
Ms. Mais Al-Atiat
UNDP Project Officer