Kalaldeh : 19th Parliament sees 100 new members

[12-11-2020 02:11 PM]

Ammon News -

Jordanian voters chose 100 new representatives in Tuesday's parliamentary elections while 30 former deputies managed to retain their seats in the 130-strong Lower House of Parliament, Chief Commissioner of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) Khaled Kalaldeh said Thursday.

Speaking to reporters after the commission published the final results of the vote which saw the participation of 1,387,711 voters or 29.9 percent of the total electorate in the Kingdom, Kalaldeh highlighted the various stages of the electoral process and measures taken to ensure fair and transparent polls.

Responding to a question that no female candidates won outside the 15-seat women quota, the IEC chief said the responsibility to expand women empowerment and engagement in decision-making and political life is a collective responsibility that does rest with the commission only.

He added that 25 foreign observers and 31 local observers monitored the vote, indicating that the commission is ready to respond and address their reports on the elections when they publish them.

Kalaldeh noted that the commission had forwarded 64 suspected election-related violations to competent for further investigation and possibly legal action. Also, he added that some persons were referred to police for voter impersonation.

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