Candidates and Campaigns

Who is eligible to be nominated as a candidate?

Every candidate for membership of the Chamber of Deputies must meet the following criteria:

  • He/she has been a Jordanian national for at least ten years.
  • He/she is at least thirty calendar years of age on polling day.
  • He/she has not been sentenced for bankruptcy, where his/her legal status has not been rehabilitated.
  • He/She has not been placed under guardianship by court order, where such guardianship has not been lifted.
  • He/she has not been sentenced to imprisonment for more than one year for a non-political crime for which he/she has not been pardoned.
  • He/she is not deemed insane or retarded.
  • He/she is not a relative of the King to the degree assigned by special legislation.
  • He/she is not a contractor for the government, an official public institution or a company owned or controlled by the government, or for any official public institution, regardless of whether such contracting is direct or indirect, with the exception of land and property leasing contracts and of shareholders in a company with more than ten members.

What is the process for registering nominated lists and candidates?

The nomination process took place over three days - the 16, 17 and 18 of August 2016.

  • A candidate may not stand alone for the elections. He/she may be a member in one list only.

  • He/she may not nominate himself/herself in more than one district.

  • Applicants for candidacy must delegate one of them before the Head of the Election Committee.

  • The delegate submits the candidate nomination application in presence of all candidates using the approved application form. A list of candidates whose number is not less than three and no more than the number of seats for the district is attached to the form. The names in the list should be in alphabetical order.

  • The woman candidate shall not be considered within the maximum number of candidates in the list. So, the list can add one more woman candidate to the maximum number of candidates in the list.

  • Candidates for seats reserved for Circassians, Chechens or Christians shall stand for election within lists in the districts where such seats are reserved for them.

What rights do citizens have in challenging the preliminary list of candidates?

A voter can challenge the decision of the IEC Board to accept the application submitted for any list or candidate in that voter’s electoral district at the competent court of appeal. 

Where can I view the final lists of candidates?

The final list of candidates is published on the IEC website. You can view it, in Arabic only, using the following link: http://iec.jo/ar/content/%D9%82%D9%88%D8%A7%D8%A6%D9%85- %D8%A7%D9%84%D9%85%D8%B1%D8%B4%D8%AD%D9%8A%D9%86-2016

What are the regulations governing electoral campaigning?

The IEC issued detailed Executive Instructions on campaigning which are published on its website. These
can be viewed, in Arabic only, using the following link: http://iec.jo/sites/default/files/instr.7.pdf

Are there limits on campaign spending?

The limits on campaign spending were determined according to the size of the district, the number of voters and the cost of living. The list of candidates must abide by the identified limit as follows:

  • In the districts of Amman, Irbid and Zarqaa the limit of spending is a maximum 5 JD per voter multiplied by the total number of voters in each district.

  • The limit of spending for other governorates is a maximum 3 JD per voter multiplied by the total number of voters in that district.

What are the key electoral violations in regards to campaigning?

  • Posting portraits and banners in undesignated locations such as traffic signs, traffic lights and government buildings.

  • Vandalising of banners and portraits of lists and candidates.

  • Use of IEC logo and the State’s logo in campaigning, including on social media pages.

  • Hanging of portraits and banners in a way that harms public safety.

  • Not abiding by the electoral silence period, which starts from the 19th of September.

What measures are available to the IEC to address these?

  • The IEC monitors the campaigning through field observers and campaigning officials.

  • The IEC follows up on the removal of the violations which is the responsibility of concerned bodies, which are the Ministry of Public Works, Amman Greater Municipality and all other municipalities. These bodies are represented in the Coordination Committee in districts. When the violation is reported, the concerned body removes it.