Amman, September 19 - Within the framework of cooperation between the Independent Election Commission (IEC) and the electoral process partners to develop and enhance public awareness ahead of the 19th parliamentary elections, a mock election was held in Amman in cooperation with Hayat Centre-RASED, and with the support of the European Union (EU) and the Spanish Agency for International Development (AECID).
The mock election, held under the EU and Spanish-funded EU-JDID – Qararuna project, provided a hands-on experience for around 600 young women and men from the capital, who cast their votes, while learning about the importance of their participation in political life.
Dr. Khaled Kalaldeh, Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the Independent Election Commission, stated that this experience comes in harmony with the vision of the Independent Election Commission with regards to openness and cooperation with civil society institutions. “This experience also comes to evaluate the procedures of the Independent Commission in a pre-set way, so that we know the most important challenges, problems, and work to solve them in advance. Furthermore, during this experiment, the Commission implemented all of the health measures necessary for the polling and counting process, and the IEC benefited from the lessons learned from the first and second experiments, which were conducted in Zarqa and Madaba Governorate.”
H.E. Musa Al-Maaytah, Minister of Political and Parliamentary Affairs, spoke about the experience, by stressing its importance, and stating that “this experiment will contribute to raising youth awareness of the essence of the election law, the importance of participation, and selection based on competence and programmatic basis. Furthermore, Minister Musa Al-Maaytah called on young women and men to participate in the electoral process and to choose who they want to be represented by in the upcoming parliament.
“The EU strongly supports the development of democratic institutions in Jordan and looks to help strengthen Jordanians’ participation in the political and public life of the country,” stated the EU Ambassador to Jordan, H.E. Maria Hadjitheodosiou. “We hope that in the upcoming parliamentary elections citizens’ participation in political life will be enhanced, but also that Jordanians’ – and in particular Jordanian youth and women’s – wishes and aspirations will be heard by and represented in the new Parliament. Today’s mock elections is a good way to see how the electoral process will work, an opportunity to raise people’s awareness about the elections but also for the IEC to fine-tune their organisation.”
During the mock elections, which were held at Nadim al-Mallah School for Boys, Amman was considered one electoral district, where 53 female and male candidates were nominated in 11 hypothetical electoral lists. The election is an activity of the project implemented by Al Hayat Centre-Rased, which is a sub-grant of the Qararuna programme, the EU-JDID Component.
Dr. Amer Bani Amer, Director of Hayat-RASED, stated that this cooperation comes as a continuation of the partnership with the IEC, in order to improve the electoral process. This experience contributes to raising awareness among young people in particular, of the need for correct participation in the electoral process, which also aims to measure monitoring procedures and their harmony with the health status and its protocol. “These elections are a live exercise in conducting elections in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, and a test of the new instructions. For the elections mimic the conditions of public safety approved by the Epidemiology Committee. Moreover, these elections also aim towards increasing the awareness of the local community in the election procedures in all its stages, so that the citizen is more aware of what the electoral process needs regarding human and administrative capacities in order to manage itself.”
EU-JDID – Qararuna project "Support to Civil Society for Democratic Governance"
The objective of this project is to foster the development of active Civil Society Organisations, in the promotion of active political participation, advocacy, electoral observation, and parliamentary monitoring, with a focus on women and youth.
The project amounts to EUR 4,000,000 and is jointly funded by the EU (EUR 2,000,000) and the Spanish Cooperation (EUR 2,000,000). The Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) is implementing it.