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Map of election tickets taking final shape

By Khaled Neimat - Dec 16,2012 - Last updated at Dec 16,2012

AMMAN — The election scene in terms of lists of hopefuls is expected to take a tentatively final shape by the end of the week, according to statements by various groups.   

Four leading pan-Arabist and leftist parties have announced that they will join forces in one ticket after they rescinded a decision to boycott the polls last month, in response to a government decision to remove fuel subsidies.

The four parties met late Saturday to announce that they do not want to “leave the political scene for other powers to dominate”, a statement issued by the coalition said. 

The Arab Socialist Baath Party, the National Movement for Direct Democracy, the Jordanian Democratic People’s Party (Hashed) and the Arab Progressive Baath Party will run in one bloc for the 27-seat proportional national list, while they will form another ticket vying for seats allocated for the local constituencies. 

Deliberations are under way to pick the nominees, a process that will take a few days, according to the statement. 

The submission of candidacy applications will start next week for three days, to be filed with the Independent Elections Commission, which oversees the polls. 

Also Saturday, the Islamic Centrist Party announced its list of 20 parliamentary hopefuls headed by the party’s secretary general Mohammed Hajj, and including as nominees politicians, academicians, journalists and two women, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported on the same day.

The National Union, a centrist party, led by Mohammad Khoshman is also expected to unveil its list this week, said an ally of Khoshman, who asked to remain unnamed, stopping short of divulging further details about the makeup of the ticket led by the aviation tycoon. 

The National Current Party, a key player in national politics, has announced it will publicise its members who are going to compete at the district level across the country’s 12 governorates, a party member and former MP Haya Qaralleh, told The Jordan Times.

The party, led by veteran lawmaker Abdul Hadi Majali, already revealed its nominees for the national level last week, ending weeks of deliberations among its members over the order of names in the list. 

More lists are expected to be announced in the next few days, with former deputy speaker of the Lower House Atef Tarawneh saying he will reveal his ticket named “the National Unity List”. 

A leading political figure and former minister and diplomat Mohammed Daoudieh said in remarks to The Jordan Times that his team has reached a consensus over the proposed platform and the would-be candidates to be fielded will be announced soon.

The total number of groups that are expected to join the race is likely to top 30 as surveyed by The Jordan Times.

However, the Islamists slammed the authorities’ decision to carry on with the polls despite what they described as “social fragmentation” in the country.

In a statement issued Sunday, the Islamic Action Front, the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood, charged that the government’s policy on polls “has undermined political life”. 

Moving ahead with the elections under the current circumstances will not lead to the aspired comprehensive reform, the largest opposition group said.

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