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Action, not talk

Aug 13,2012 - Last updated at Aug 13,2012

Registration is under way for the upcoming legislative elections which are becoming a reality.

There is no question about it: the polls will be held this year. The King emphasised that in an important interview with CBS last week.

Everybody’s focus should now shift to processes associated with the polls, not with the Elections Law, which can be amended by the coming legislature, just like any other piece of legislation deemed in need of amendment.

The government has shifted its focus to the registration process.

In recent statements, Prime Minister Fayez Tarawneh said an end must be put to the continuous debate over the 2012 Election Law, which he described as the culmination of a prolonged dialogue that saw this item of legislation undergo several amendments in the span of several months.

The premier pointed out that the Elections Law is the product of a parliamentary debate which in due course was approved by His Majesty King Abdullah. As such, those who are still discontented with the present law should know that it could be debated again and amended under the dome once the new parliamentarians are elected as people’s representatives.

Due to public outcry over the number of seats allocated on the proportional list at national level, the law was amended, yet again, increasing the figure from 17 to 27.

Irrespective of the merits or demerits of this controversial law, there must come a time when confrontations about it come to an end. Squabbling and trying to prove the soundness of one point of view or another cannot continue forever. Acting has to start somewhere, and holding the election is the first step on that road.

Once elections are over and citizens will have elected those they believe can best represent them, Parliament is the right place to debate issues constructively and deal with them to the benefit of all.

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