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Judeh meets with head of EU observer mission
By Petra - Jan 06,2013 - Last updated at Jan 06,2013
AMMAN — Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh on Sunday reaffirmed the government’s support for the EU Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) to observe the January 23 parliamentary elections.
During a meeting with the mission’s chief observer, David Martin, Judeh was briefed on the EU EOM mandate and its arrangements to observe the polls.
The minister reiterated Jordan’s commitment to ensuring free and fair elections, pointing out that the country’s invitation to the EU and its opening the way for other entities to observe the elections attest to that.
Last month, the EU signed a memorandum of understanding with the Independent Elections Commission and the foreign ministry guaranteeing freedom of movement for observers and access to all polling stations and all relevant information.
Martin will meet on Monday with local journalists in the northern governorate of Irbid to listen to their notes and remarks on the elections.
The European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) to the Kingdom on Monday deployed 28 short-term observers (STO).
The current electoral system in the Kingdom does not empower political parties, European Union Elections Observation Mission (EU EOM) Chief David Martin said on Wednesday, recommending revisiting the Elections Law.
Minister of State for Media Affairs and Communications and Government Spokesperson Samih Maaytah on Wednesday said the government would provide all needed support to ensure the success of election observer missions on January 23.
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