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Majlis Al-Nuwaab (House of Representatives)
LAST ELECTIONS

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Parliament name (generic / translated) Majlis Al-Umma / National Assembly
Structure of parliament Bicameral
Chamber name (generic / translated) Majlis Al-Nuwaab / House of Representatives
Related chamber (for bicameral parliaments) Majlis Al-Aayan / Senate
BACKGROUND
Dates of election / renewal (from/to) 20 September 2016
Purpose of elections Pro-government candidates retained the majority in the new 130-member House of Representatives (see note). The opposition Islamic Action Front party (the political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan) participated in the elections for the first time since 2007. It formed the National Coalition for Reform (NCR) with Christian candidates, which took a total of 15 seats. During the election campaign, many candidates focused on unemployment, health care, education and economic development. On 25 September, King Abdullah II re-appointed Mr. Hani al-Mulki as Prime Minister.

Note:
The statutory number of members of the House of Representatives decreased from 150 to 130 under the new electoral system, which is based on multi-member constituencies (instead of the previous single-member constituencies). This was a key demand of the Islamic Action Front. As in the previous legislature, 15 seats are reserved for women and another 12 seats are reserved for minorities (9 for Christians and 3 for Chechens and Circassians).
In accordance with article 63 of the Constitution, the statutory number of members of the Senate, which was also renewed in September 2016, decreased from 75 to 65.
Date of previous elections: 23 January 2013

Date of dissolution of the outgoing legislature: 29 May 2016

Timing of election: Early elections

Expected date of next elections: September 2020

Number of seats at stake: 130 (full renewal)

Number of candidates: 1,252 (1,000 men, 252 women)

Percentage of women candidates: 21.1%

Number of parties contesting the election: 226 lists

Number of parties winning seats: At least 73 lists

Alternation of power: No*
*Monarchy

Number of parties in government: N/A

Names of parties in government: N/A

Date of the first session of the new parliament: 7 November 2016

Name of the new Speaker: Mr. Atef Tarawneh
STATISTICS
Voter turnout
Round no 120 September 2016
Number of registered electors
Voters
Blank or invalid ballot papers
Valid votes
4'139'612
1'490'200 (36%)

Notes
Distribution of votes
Round no 1
Distribution of seats
Round no 1
Distribution of seats according to sex
Men
Women
Percent of women
110
20
15.38%
Distribution of seats according to age
Distribution of seats according to profession
Comments
Sources:
Independent Election Commission (27.09.2016, 23.10.2016)
http://www.entikhabat.jo/en/content/priliminary-voter-list-pvl
http://iec.jo/en
http://www.ifes.org/sites/default/files/2016_ifes_jordan_parliamentary_elections_faqs.pdf
http://www.jordantimes.com
http://www.aljazeera.com
http://www.albawaba.com

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