General election set for 20th September


Jordan’s Independent Elections Commission (IEC) has announced that the country will hold a general election on 20th September.

The formal announcement as published on the Jordan News Agency (Petra) website is as follows:

“Elections date announced

Amman, June 9 (Petra) — Chairman of the Independent Elections Commission (IEC), Khaled Kalaldeh, Thursday announced that parliamentary elections will be held on September 20, 2016 .

A Royal Decree was issued on Wednesday directing concerned bodies to hold the parliamentary elections in accordance with the provisions of the law.”

In the 2013 general election all 150 seats in the House of Representatives were up for election and the eventual turnout was 56.6%. The Muslim Brotherhood affiliated Islamic Action Front boycotted the election. In the new parliament 15 seats were reserved for women, nine for Christians, nine for Bedouins and three for Circassians. Most of those elected are Independents who are supportive of the King.

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