A Royal Decree has approved Jordan’s 2016 Elections Law

Published March 13th, 2016 - 03:38 GMT
The law reduced the number of Lower House members to 130 from 150, and includes a quota of women representatives. (AFP/File)
The law reduced the number of Lower House members to 130 from 150, and includes a quota of women representatives. (AFP/File)

A Royal Decree has approved Jordan’s 2016 Elections Law, after it was passed by the Lower House. The question of the law was discussed during extended sessions in the Lower House, and was eventually passed after some amendments were made.

The number of representatives in the Lower House was reduced from 150—as was proposed in the 2015 Elections Bill—to 130. There will be 15 seats set aside for women under a minimum quota.

The kingdom will be divided into 23 electoral districts, with five for Amman, four for Irbid and two for Zarqa. The other governorates will each be represented as an electoral district.

Candidates for Christian, Circassian and Chechen seats will be able to run in the districts where they have been dedicated seats.


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