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Amman removes over 200 campaign posters due to violations

By Hana Namrouqa - Jan 02,2013 - Last updated at Jan 02,2013

AMMAN — Less than two weeks after campaigning for the January 23 parliamentary elections began, over 220 posters and banners have been removed from the capital’s streets for violating regulations, a Greater Amman Municipality (GAM) official said.

“The municipality has started taking down all election campaign materials that violate rules and regulations,” Bassem Tarawneh, GAM’s city deputy director for districts and environmental affairs, told The Jordan Times on Wednesday.

GAM’s regulations governing campaigning in the capital prohibit candidates’ banners and posters from impeding traffic or obstructing pedestrians’ use of sidewalks.

In addition, posters must not alter the aesthetic views of buildings and may not include adhesive backing or built-in lighting.

Regulations posted on the Independent Elections Commission (IEC) website also stipulate that candidates must not put up their posters or banners on walls, telephone or electricity poles, traffic signs, or public properties, or install them in a way that threatens public safety.

Tarawneh also noted that the deadline for candidates to pay GAM the refundable JD4,000 deposit required for permission to put up campaign signs passed on Tuesday.

He said that 91 candidates had paid the deposit, which GAM requires as a guarantee that they will remove all campaign materials after the elections.

GAM teams will remove all campaign materials promoting candidates who did not pay the refundable deposit.

A source at the IEC told The Jordan Times on Wednesday that 131 candidates were running for election in the capital’s seven districts.

The number is not final, the source said, because some candidates have dropped out of the race. The final tally of candidates will be announced soon.

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