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Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

Election for Majlis al-Nuwaab (House of Deputies)

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At stake in this election:

  • 150 seats in the Chamber of Deputies.

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: King ABDALLAH II bin Al Hussein
  • Head of Government: Prime Minister Abdullah Al-NSOUR
  • Assembly: Jordan has a bicameral National Assembly (Majlis al-Umma) consisting of the Senate (Majlis al-Ayan) with 55 seats and the Chamber of Deputies (Majlis al-Nuwaab) with 150 seats.

Description of electoral system:

  • The King is hereditary head of state.
  • Prime Minister is appointed by the monarch.
  • In the Senate (Majlis al-Ayan) 55 members are appointed by the monarch to serve 4-year terms*. In the Chamber of Deputies (Majlis al-Nuwaab) 150 members are elected by a mixed system to serve 4-year terms.**

* Members must be former public officials or otherwise notable and at least 40 years of age. The King can appoint a number of senators up to half of the total number of seats in the Chamber of Deputies.

** There are 108 single member constituencies in 45 electoral zones. In June 2012, the parliament adopted a mixed electoral system allowing Jordanians to vote for a closed national list of 27 seats, in addition to the 108 single member constituencies (in 45 electoral zones). It also increased the women’s quota from 12 seats to 15 seats, with the three additional seats reserved for women from Bedouin areas. Additionally, 12 seats are reserved for Christian and Circassian candidates.

Main parties in the electoral race:

  • Independents
    • Seats won in this election: 123
  • List: 'AlNohoud Al Democrati'*
    • Leader: Abla Abu ULBEH
    • Seats won in last election: 0
    • Seast won in this election: 0
  • List: Al-Wasat Islamic List**
    • Leader: Mohammed Ahmad MOHAMMAD
    • Seats won in last election: 0
    • Seats won in this election: 3
  • List: National Union List***
    • Leader: Mohammad KHASHMAN
    • Seats won in last election: 0
    • Seats won in this election: 2
  • List: National Current Party****
    • Leader: Abdul Hadi MAJALI
    • Seats won in last election: 0
    • Seats won in this election: 1
  • List: United Front List*****
    • Leader: Amjad MAJALI
    • Seats won in last election: 0
    • Seats won in this election: 1
  • List: Citizenship******
    • Leader: Hazem QASHOU'
    • Seats won in last election: 0
    • Seats won in this election: 1
  • List: Rafah List*******
    • Leader: Mohamed SHOMALI
    • Seats won in last election: 0
    • Seats won in this election: 0
  • List: Justice and Reform********
    • Leader: Hussein Al MASRI
    • Seats won in last election: 0
    • Seats won in this election: 0
  • List: Justice and Development*********
    • Leader: Zaid Al MAJALI
    • Seats won in last election: 0
    • Seats won in this election: 0
  • List: Jordanian Du'a Coalition**********
    • Leader: Mohamed ABDULLAH
    • Seats won in last election: 0
    • Seats won in this election: 0
  • Other Lists
    • Seats won in this election: 19

* This list is a coalition of 4 political parties: the Socialist Baath party, the National Movement for Direct Democracy, Hashed Party and the Arab Progressive Baath Party. The list will compete with 14 candidates.
** This list represents the AlWasat Islamic Party and coalition of individuals. The list will compete with 23 candidates- 2 of which are women.
*** This list represents the National Union Party and will compete with 26 candidates.
**** The list will compete with 22 candidates, including 2 women.
***** The United Front List will compete with 27 candidates.
****** List represents the Al-Risalah Party and a coalition of individuals. It will compete with 20 candidates.
******* List represents the Rafah Party and will compete with 12 candidates.
******** List will compete with 23 candidates.
********* List representing the Justice and Development Party will compete with 9 candidates.
********** The list will compete with 9 candidates.

Last Parliamentary election:

  • This will be the first Jordanian election to be administered by the Independent Election Commission that was appointed in May 2012. Previous elections had been administered by the Ministry of the Interior.

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 6,508,887 (July 2011 est.)
  • Registered Voters: 2,272,182 (January 2013 est.)