Jordan: Municipal elections marred by deaths, riots | Middle East Online

Jordan’s municipal elections were hailed by many as a posi­tive step towards political re­form but their aftermath was tarnished by deadly celebra­tory gunfire. While some cheered the outcome of the elections, others mourned the death of two children killed by stray bullets from celebra­tory gunfire. The elections were marred by road blocks, riots and rallies in the streets of various governorates by support­ers of losing candidates. Making matters worse, the Independent Election Commission’s (IEC) website crashed due to heavy traffic, with some attributing the breakdown to hackers’ attempts to manipulate the results. Mayors, municipal council mem­bers and governorate councils were elected for the first time under the Decentralisation Law, which gives a voice to the elected council in deter­mining the governorate’s develop­ment priorities.

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