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Elections commission accepts all local district candidates

By Khaled Neimat - Dec 27,2012 - Last updated at Dec 27,2012

AMMAN — The Independent Elections Commission (IEC) has accepted all 699 candidacy applications at the constituency level and is likely to accept all national ticket applications for the January 23 parliamentary polls, the commission’s spokesperson said on Thursday.

Hussein Bani Hani expected the commission to accept all 61 applications to compete at the national level.

The 61 lists include 829 candidates, 88 of whom are women, according to final figures released by the IEC after the three-day candidacy period concluded on Monday.

Each national ticket includes between nine and 27 candidates vying for 27 seats via a closed proportional list at the national level under the Elections Law, which also grants voters a second vote at the local district level.

The number of registered candidates for the 2013 elections is unprecedented, according IEC officials.

Bani Hani said all applications for local constituencies included the required papers. The 699 candidates include 115 women, according to IEC figures.

But the spokesperson noted that the IEC is finalising measures to confirm national list applications by reviewing some technical issues, adding that some tickets have chosen similar logos for their lists, which is not allowed by the said law.

The final confirmation of candidacy applications submitted to compete at the national level can only be announced after such technicalities are resolved, he explained.

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