Jordan’s opposition parties on Tuesday rejected the newly proposed election law for what they said its failure to adopt fully the principle of proportional representation.
The new draft election law was proposed this week by the National Dialogue Committee (NDC) to spearhead political reform that has been sought by four months of protests that were inspired by the uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt.
“We have followed up with deep concern and disappointment the new draft election law which has been worked out by the NDC,” the Coordination Committee of the Opposition Parties said in a statement.
The new law, which replaces the old one-person-one-vote system, allows eligible voters to have two votes—one for the governorate and the other for the homeland.
“We have cherished hope that the NDC will produce a clear and advanced election law that responds to the democratic aspirations of the people and the requirements of the country’s political reform, because the election law represents the cornerstone of the required reform,” the panel said.
However, the opposition parties hailed the new draft political parties law as “an advanced step that removed many of the obstacles which previously impeded the freedom of parties.”
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