Jordan votes for new Chamber of Deputies
Jordan is voting today in its general election to elect 130 members of the lower house or Chamber of Deputies. Of the 130 seats 15 are reserved for women, nine for Christians and three for Circassians or Chechens.
There are 4,130,145 eligible voters who will vote at 1,483 polling centres between and they will be able to vote between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. local time from a total of 1,252 candidates. There are 920 Muslim males, 245 Muslim females, 58 Christian males, five Christian females, 22 Circassian and Chechen males and two Circassian and Chechen females standing according to the Jordan News Agency (Petra).
With this election being the first to be run under an open list proportional representation system a number of opposition parties have decided to run for election.
In the 2013 general election 123 Independents were elected of whom most were supportive of the King with 22 minor parties picking up the remaining 27 seats.