Jordan changes electoral law

June 26, 2012, midnight

Jordan’s parliament on Tuesday passed a new electoral law ahead of elections scheduled for later this year. Under the new law, the number of seats in the House of Representatives will increase from 120 to 140, and voters will now get to cast ballots in a proportional representation (PR) tier of seats, as well as for an individual candidate. In the new PR tier, parties will compete for 17 seats allocated at a nationwide basis. Parties are limited, however, to winning five of those seats. The law also strengthens the county’s gender quota, reserving 15 seats for women, as opposed to the previous 12.

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