European Union Election Observation Mission Jordan, 2016

 

Observing a rally in Amman

14/09/2016 - 14:52
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EU EOM observers attend campaign activities, such as rallies and public meetings or debates, as part of their observation of the campaign period across Jordan. They attend events organized by a broad range of parties

 

EU EOM observers attend campaign activities, such as rallies and public meetings or debates, as part of their observation of the campaign period across Jordan. They attend events organized by a broad range of parties.

In this photo gallery, long-term observers Krisztina Bozso and Alberto Simonitto are observing a rally of Islamic Wasat party in Amman second electoral district.

Attendance at such events allows for an assessment of whether contestants and their supporters are able to enjoy equal opportunities for the exercise of the freedoms of expression, assembly and movement.

The observers can assess if campaign regulations are being abided and consistently implemented. Long-term observers also assess the general atmosphere of the rally and if speakers use appropriate non-inflammatory language. They note if security forces are present.

Freedoms of expression, assembly, association and movement without discrimination are prerequisites for a democratic election process. For an open and fairly contested campaign, it is crucial that there is equal opportunity for all candidates, political parties, and their supporters to promote policies, hold meetings and travel around the country.

Is the electorate informed on their range of choice of parties and candidates? Are there equal opportunities to conduct public rallies, for production and use of electoral materials and for other campaign activities? Are there indications of intimidation or vote-buying? Long term observers – in their campaign reports – usually answer to those questions.

The findings of all the EU EOM observers deployed across Jordan will be consolidated in the preliminary statement and in the final report of the EU Election Observation Mission to Jordan.

(Photo Credits: Lindsay Léger)