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Vote counting continues early Thursday

Jan 24,2013 - Last updated at Jan 24,2013

AMMAN — By the early hours of Thursday, preliminary results of Wednesday’s legislative elections were trickling at a slower pace than previous polls.

The reason it seems was the fact that voting committees had two ballots for each voter, one for individual candidates and one for national lists, unlike previous polls when each voter had one for individual candidates.

Another factor was the extension of balloting by one hour, from 7:00pm to 8:00pm.

One of the first winners, preliminary results showed, was former Lower House speaker Abdul Karim Dughmi who maintained his seat in Mafraq Governorate.

In the southern governorate of Karak, Jordan Teachers Association President Mustafa Rawashdeh was a likely winner as voting continued.

Also in Karak, Etewi Majali, Raed Hijazin and Nayef Leimoun seemed to secure their seats, preliminary results showed.

In Jerash, Abdullah Khawaldeh, Mohammad Hdeib, Mifleh Ruheimi and Radwan Shaer were also leading the contest for the northern governorate’s four seats.

In Maan, Bader Assoufi seemed to secure one of the four seats for the southern governorates.

In Irbid, renowned journalist and former MP Jamil Nimri seemed to be leading the contest for the northern governorate’s Christian seat. Also in Irbid, preliminary results showed Mahmoud Mheidat as winner of the seat allocated for Wasatiyyeh District.

In Balqa, Shadi Odwan was the winner of the seat allocated for Southern Shuneh.

No other results were available by 2:00am Thursday.

All results are preliminary until declared by the Independent Elections Commission during a press conference expected Thursday.

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