Independent Election Commission engages with civil society for by-election in IrbidNov 26, 2014
The EU-UNDP electoral assistance project in Jordan supported a workshop by the Independent Election Commission (IEC) with civil society organizations in Irbid’s 2nd district, where by-elections will take place to fill a vacant parliamentary seat on 29 November 2014.
Addressing some 100 representatives of civil society organizations, senior IEC officials explained the importance of cooperation between civil society and the IEC. Commissioner Asma Khader said that “transparency is an indispensable condition for the work of the IEC, and for the elections to succeed the support of stakeholders, including civil society, is necessary”.
IEC Secretary-General Dr. Ali Drabkeh explained the procedures that will be used for polling and counting. The representatives were invited to spread this information within their respective organizations to improve overall awareness and strengthen the integrity of the by-election.
The workshop was just one in a series of engagements organized by the IEC, and supported by UNDP, in order to increase the awareness of stakeholders about the elections. Workshops with candidates, youth and women representatives have also been held this month.
The EU-UNDP electoral assistance project, launched in 2012, provides support to the IEC to develop institutional and individual capacities to hold credible elections. Improving stakeholders’ relations with the IEC is one of the areas in which the project offers comparative experiences to the IEC.