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      Overview of the IEC
 
Jordan’s Independent Election Commission (IEC) was created under the Electoral Law No. 11 of 2012. The IEC is an autonomous legal entity that is financially and administratively independent. The IEC is tasked with the supervision and administration of all phases of parliamentary elections as well as other elections called for by the Council of Ministers. The IEC shall take all necessary measures to administer fair, impartial, and transparent elections based on the principles of justice, equal opportunity, and the rule of law. IEC is composed of:
  1. A Board of Commissioners composed of a chairman and four members who are appointed by Royal Decree for a non-renewable period of 6 years.
  2. An executive branch (General Secretariat) which is managed by the Secretary-General, who is appointed by a decision made by the Board of Commissioners. The decision shall be endorsed by Royal Decree.
According to article (12) of the law, the Board of Commissioners shall perform the following tasks:
  1. Formulate the general policy of the IEC.
  2. Set the election date after the King issues the order to hold the elections of the House of Representatives.
  3. Set the timeline and necessary plans and programs to conduct the electoral process in a fair, transparent, and impartial manner.
  4. Undertake the necessary measures for the registration of voters and candidates according to the provisions of the Election Law, including the necessary procedures to review and update the list of voters, and streamline the process of filing objections in that regard.
  5. Publish the lists of voters and candidates on the IEC’s website and any other means of publication specified in the Election Law.
  6. Establish the rules and procedures for electoral campaigns and publicity and monitor them according to executive instructions.
  7. Raise voters' awareness of the importance of participating in the political life, including electoral processes.
  8. Appoint chairpersons and members of any committees that are needed to conduct the parliamentary election process in accordance with the provisions of the Election law.
  9. Approve the specifications of the ballot box, the ballot paper, and the official seal of the voting committee.
  10. Set the criteria for approving representatives of candidates at the polling and counting centers.
  11. Approve representatives of civil society organizations, media, and any local and international observers to monitor and observe the parliamentary election process in accordance with executive instructions.
  12. Extend the voting period in accordance with the provisions of the Election Law.
  13. Set executive instructions for publishing the preliminary results and streamline the filing of objections to the results in accordance with the provisions of the Election Law.
  14. Announce the final results of the elections.
  15. Issue a detailed final report for all stages of each parliamentary election process, submit it to the King, and publish it in the Official Gazette.
  16. Approve the annual report on the work and activities of the IEC and submit a copy of it to the Council of Ministers and to the Parliament.
  17. Approve contracts and agreements to which the IEC is party. Form temporary committees for specific tasks to assist it in the performance of the IEC’s tasks and responsibilities.
  18. Propose the necessary draft laws for the work of the IEC.
  19. Any tasks or authorities that are stipulated in this law or in any other legislation.
 
 
 

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