Jordan (January 23, 2013)

Jan. 24, 2013, midnight

Vote counting has begun in Jordan following Parliamentary elections held on January 23. After polls closed at 8 pm local time, the electoral commission stated that turnout for the election had been 56.5 percent, although opposition parties have contested this figure. The election is the first under a new electoral law enacted in July 2012. The new law is contested by major opposition parties for not giving enough representation to political parties in parliament. While increasing the number of party seats in the Parliament to 150, it allows voters two votes: one for a district representative and one for national-level lists. Additionally, the new law designates 27 seats to party lists, increases the number of seats for female candidates from 12 to 15, and allows members of the Jordanian security forces to vote for the first time.

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