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Over 1,500 parliament hopefuls submit candidacy applications

By Khaled Neimat - Dec 24,2012 - Last updated at Dec 24,2012

AMMAN — By the end of the three-day candidacy period on Monday, 1,518 candidates had submitted applications to the Independent Elections Commission (IEC) to run for the January 23 parliamentary polls.

The IEC will verify the applications within a week, after which it will decide which candidacy requests to accept, IEC Spokesperson Hussein Bani Hani said.

During a press conference to announce the final tally of candidate numbers across the country, Bani Hani said 60 national tickets had applied to compete for the national proportional list.

These lists included 820 parliament hopefuls, among them 84 women, the IEC figures showed.

Under the Elections Law, citizens will have two votes, one to select their candidate at the constituency level and another for a closed-proportional list at the national level.

“Today, we concluded the registration process,” Bani Hani told reporters, stressing that “no one has the right to extend the candidacy period”.

The number of potential candidates at the local district level amounted to 698, 129 of them women, according to Bani Hani. There are 45 electoral districts spread across the Kingdom.

Calling the figure “huge”, Bani Hani urged the candidates not to contact IEC offices to check on the status of their applications before it issues the official decision.

The IEC wants to produce a “clean and clear” list of candidates, the spokesperson said, stressing that it has no bias towards or against any candidates.

Parliament hopefuls started their election campaigns on Saturday. The campaigning period continues until one day before the January 23 elections, as per the Elections Law.  

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