AMMAN — The Cabinet on Monday decided to postpone municipal elections for six months as of March 14, 2013.
The decision, which was taken during a session chaired by Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour, was made for the “public interest and to ensure the soundness of the elections”, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.
Last month, the Higher Judicial Council’s Law Interpretation Bureau said that municipal elections can be delayed again.
The bureau said that the law only specified the delay for six months, without limiting the number of delays.
The polls, which were supposed to be held in September, were delayed by the Cabinet last May after seeking the bureau’s opinion.
The agency noted that postponing the elections is only permissible if the delay will be of benefit to the general public.
In previous remarks, a senior official from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs said delaying the elections again stems from the need to find an exit “out of the huge commitments” associated with the polls at a time when 99 per cent of the country’s municipalities are in debt, with the total liabilities are estimated at around JD100 million, so much so that municipalities can hardly provide the basic services to their communities.
Jordan is bracing for milestone parliamentary elections slated for January 23.