The Upcoming Elections are an Example of Honesty & Transparency

Published July 21st, 2010 - 12:34 GMT

The Political Advisor of the Prime Minister, and the Spokesperson of the Parliamentary Elections, Sameeh Al Mahaitah, emphasized that the upcoming elections which are to be held on 9/11/2010, will be an example of honesty and will represent a positive event in the Jordanian political history.

Al Maaitah added on "Amman this Morning" program, presented by Ahmad Faheem, that the current government faces a "heavy burden" compared to the previous governmental formations, which casts doubts on the part of citizens towards the honesty of the official communication regarding the parliamentary elections.

He clarified that these suspicions came up as a result of previous experiences, but now, the citizen is requested to give the elections of 2010 another chance, as the law will be completely applied to ensure honesty and transparency.

Al Maaitah said that that the Government does not engage in the elections, it only manages them; therefore, the Government has no role at all in nominating or boycotting any candidates in the elections. He confirmed that if any candidate says that she /he has the green light from the Government, this shall be labeled as falsehood and deception.

Tackling the women's seats in the elections, Al Maaitah clarified that the number has increased from 6 to 12 seats, thus, 12 candidates are to be selected from each province in the Kingdom, i.e. a female candidate from each governorate winning the highest percentage of votes apart from the female winners among the 108 seats won through competition.

As for the cut or stamped ID card since the last parliamentary elections, Al Maaitah declared that as long as the ID card is valid and verified from the elections constituent, then it can be used in the next elections. Citizens may also refer to any Civil Status Office in the Kingdom to verify the constituent.

Statistics indicated that the applications for constituents' verification purposes are very high compared to the year 2007, although that the registration duration for the previous elections lasted for 6 month, while the duration for the upcoming elections is 1 month, starting from 6/6/2010 and ending on 22/7/2010.

Responding to Faheem's question about the Government's role in fighting the trading operations of the votes, Maaitah said that this phenomenon is a consequence that the present Government has inherited from previous experiences and improper models of behavior, most of them fall under the citizen's responsibility; such phenomenon tarnishes the Jordanian society which is renowned for honesty, ethics, and generosity, in addition to the fact that it is rejected by the religion.

He mentioned that the Government's role in fighting this problem is represented in several ways, such as tightening the punishments which may lead to prison for 7 years, for both parties involved, the seller and the buyer.

In closing the meeting, Al maaitah pointed out that the Government called on the National Center of Human Rights to observe the elections processes and to follow up on its running in detail. At the same time, any foreign party is welcomed to supervise the upcoming elections as long as it is trustworthy. 


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