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AMMAN, July 11th, 2019 – The European Union-funded programme “EU Support to Jordanian Democratic Institutions and Development – EU-JDID”, in collaboration with the Jordanian House of Representatives (HoR) celebrated the final installation of the Electronic Conference and Voting System in the House of Representatives.
In the presence of representatives from national institutions, EU Member States embassies and civil society organisations, among others, the Ambassador of the EU to Jordan, H.E. Ambassador Andrea Matteo Fontana and the Speaker of the HoR, H.E. Eng. Atef Tarawneh, opened the ceremony, praising a “long standing partnership between the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and the EU”.
“The EU's support to the House of Representatives is a cornerstone of our commitment to stand behind Jordan's reform process towards the consolidation of deep democracy and to promote inclusiveness of policy and decision-making processes, embodied in the EU-JDID programme,” said EU Ambassador Fontana.
“We are proud to jointly introduce the Electronic Conference and Voting System, which was procured by the EU-JDID programme with the financial support of the European Union. It is a milestone for the House of Representatives on its way to become a full electronic Parliament,” he added.
For his part, HoR Speaker Tarawneh emphasized that “the EU-JDID project has marked a true partnership, which we really appreciate, and where we felt from the first stages of the project the big impact it brought on the parliamentary work, such as easy voting, distributing agendas to MPs electronically, and even before that, providing the House with electronic tablets.”
“These efforts contributed generally to strengthening the transparency of the Parliament and promoting the desired governance. We hope that the project will contribute with more impact on the high quality work of the House in the remaining years,” he added.
In addition to the Conference and Voting System, the E-Parliament also includes electronic library, electronic documentation and archiving, registration of citizens concerns, website and intranet. Furthermore, EU-JDID provides assistance to procure and install soft and hardware for these mentioned items. Tablet computers for MPs and staffers are successfully functioning since the end of 2017.
Completed by the end of 2018, the installation of the Electronic Conference and Voting system was followed by technical testing and various training sessions provided to Members of Parliament and HoR staff. In April 2019, the House of Representatives changed the bylaw and decided to make electronic voting the preferred voting modality.
A state-of-the-art technical system, the E-Parliament embodies Jordan’s key commitments towards the Open Government Partnership, both in terms of efficient and accountable governance and environmental awareness.
About the project: EU-JDID aims at supporting Jordan's reform process towards consolidation of democracy and at promoting inclusiveness of national policy and decision-making processes. It also intends to enhance women and youth inclusion and to foster a stronger democratic and tolerant political culture.
EU-JDID is funded by the EU and co-funded by Spain as well as a consortium led by the European Centre for Electoral Support (ECES), comprising Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD), Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD), French Agency for Media Cooperation (CFI) and the European Partnership for Democracy (EPD).