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Over 40,000 security officers deployed to polling stations

By JT - Jan 22,2013 - Last updated at Jan 22,2013

AMMAN —  More than 47,000 police and Gendarmerie personnel were deployed to polling stations across the Kingdom at dawn on Tuesday to ensure the safety of Wednesday’s elections. 

In a statement, copy of which was made available to The Jordan Times, the Public Security Department (PSD) said the forces were there to ensure that voters were able to enter the polling stations and vote without hindrance, and that no security issues affected the elections. 

They will also be responsible for regulating traffic near the voting centres.  

The PSD has examined 1,532 polling stations in order to draw up security plans, the statement said.

The PSD noted that the security officers will abide by any instructions issued by the Independent Elections Commission and coordinate with its staff to facilitate the access of media personnel, and local and international observers to the voting centres.

An additional 10,000 police and Gendarmerie personnel will remain on stand-by in case of emergencies that might occur on election day, the statement said.

Instructions on how to vote on Wednesday:


Voting centres open at 7:00am

Voters have to bring along their national and voter identification cards. Volunteers at the centre will show each voter to the right ballot box

Voters give their national and voter IDs to electoral committee members, who verify their identities and match their names to the official lists

The head of the electoral committee will give each voter the ballot papers after signing and stamping them

At the private voting area, each voter writes the name of one candidate on the ballot paper for the local constituency and highlights the symbol and number of one list on the national district ballot paper

After carefully folding the papers, voters should then cast the local district ballot in the grey-topped box and the national district ballot in the green-topped box

Voters then dip their index fingers in the election ink

Head of the electoral committee returns the voter’s national ID card and keeps the voter ID card after cutting its lower left corner

Voting closes at 7:00pm but may be extended to 9:00pm


Source: The Independent Elections Commission

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