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Proposed by-law increases seats, women’s quota at governorate councils

Amendments made to ensure fair representations for communities

By JT - Feb 18,2017 - Last updated at Feb 18,2017

AMMAN — The number of constituencies in the Kingdom, under a draft by-law amending the 2017 by-law of electoral districts of governorate councils, increased from 145 to 158, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported on Saturday.

The constituencies will form 12 councils, 85 per cent of whose members will be elected by citizens and 15 per cent appointed by the Cabinet, under the by-law as proposed by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs.

The amendments, which have yet to be endorsed by the Cabinet, aim at achieving a balance in the distribution of constituencies, taking into consideration population density “to ensure just representation”.

The 158 districts involve 304 seats that are distributed as following: Amman is divided into 32 districts with 53 seats; Irbid (30-41); Balqa (12-23); Karak (10-24); Maan (9-16); Zarqa (13-30); Mafraq (8-35); Tafileh (7-15); Madaba (7-16); Ajloun (7-19); Jerash (7-17); and Aqaba (7-15).

Under Article 3 of the by-law, women’s quota has additional 32 seats, representing 10 per cent of the elected members at each council, to be distributed as the following: five seats for Amman; four seats for each of Irbid and Mafraq; three seats for Zarqa; and two seats for each of Balqa, Karak, Maan, Madaba, Ajloun, Jerash, Tafileh and Aqaba. 

Article 6-D of the Decentralisation Law authorises the Council of Ministers, upon a recommendation by the interior minister, to appoint 15 per cent of elected members, providing that one-third of them be women. 

Last week, the Independent Election Commission’s Board of Commissioners decided to conduct the municipal and governorate council elections in all constituencies on August 15.

The decision followed one by the Cabinet earlier in the day to conduct the elections as stipulated in the municipalities and decentralisation laws.

 

Governorate councils will be elected for a four-year term to endorse strategic plans, budgets, infrastructure and service projects in their respective areas. The Cabinet holds the power to dismantle elected councils and call for new elections, or postpone elections.

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JORDANIAN WOMEN ARE INTELLIGENT, SMART, EDUCATED, COMPETITIVE AND IN FACT ARE HIGHER ACHIEVERS IN ALL MEASURABLE DIMENSIONS OF LIFE AND THEY DO NOT NEED QUOTA. THIS REMINDS ME OF THE BACK LASH OF THE SO CALLED QUOTA SYSTEM THAT WAS CREATED TO GIVE MINORITIES A CHANCE TO COMPETE BUT FAILED UNTIL THERE WAS A CRY TO TEAR DOWN THE WALLS OF SHAME. LOOK AT THE NUMBERS TODAY AND YOU CAN SEE AN EXPONATIAL POSITIVE GRADIENT OF MINORITY ACHIEVEMENT IN USA. SO MY IN LAWS, JORDANIAN WOMEN DO NOT WANT QUOTAS BUT EQUAL RIGHTS ( CIVIL AND HUMAN ), DISCRIMINATION, BASHING AND BEING TREATED LIKE AN EGG SHELL AND ONCE WE TEAR DOWN THIS WALL, I CAN BET YOU THAT WOMEN IN JORDAN WILL WIN MORE SEATS IN BOTH CHAMBERS OF THE JORDANIAN HOUSES. WHO ARE THE TEACHERS IN JORDAN THAT TRAINS OUR CHILDREN FROM KG TO ELEMENTARY, SECONDARY, HIGH SCHOOLS AND UNIVERSITIES?. I DO NOT KNOW WHO CAN DEFEND THIS WITH ANY FORM OF LEGAL DOCTINE FROM FAITH BASED TO TRIBAL AND MORDERN CIVIL COURT SYSTEMS. IT IS TIME TO WAKE UP MY IN LAWS BECAUSE I KNOW JORDANIANS TO BE VERY OPEN MINDED, SMART, LOVES THEIR NEIGHBOURS AND THE MOST HOSOPITABLE COUNTRY IN THE WORLD SO DO NOT TRASH YOUR MOST VALUABLE AND POWERFUL CULTURE OF HOPE AND GOOD WILL. NO MORE QUOTAS BECAUSE IT IS USED AS DECEPTION, CONFUSION AND POWERFUL TOOL TO DECEIVE THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY. LET WOMEN BE WOMEN AND LET THEM FIND THEIR PLACE IN ANY SOCIETY AS LONG AS THE RULES OF THE GAME IS FAIR FOR BOTH MEN AND WOME.

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