1.5 million voters expected to participate in upcoming elections


Published: 2020-11-08 09:58

Last Updated: 2022-01-14 07:44

1.5 million voters expected to participate in upcoming elections
1.5 million voters expected to participate in upcoming elections

Approximately 1.5 million voters are expected to participate in the upcoming 19th parliamentary elections scheduled to take place across the Kingdom on November 10, said the head of the Board of Commissioners of the Independent Election Commission Khaled Kalaldeh Saturday.

Approximately 72,000 people are involved in smooth running of the elections process including volunteers and employees, he said on Roya's Nabd Albalad. An additional 45,000 security workers will be ensuring citizens' safety during the elections. All workers and volunteers will abide by public health and safety measures, and those who violate guidelines will be subject to the penalties based on defense laws.

Facemasks will be available for citizens at the entrance of polling stations across the Kingdom in case they forget to bring them. Citizens who do not comply with health and safety measures or violate defense laws will not be allowed into the polling station. The maximum number of voters allowed to be present at once will not be exceeded for social distancing purposes.

When asked about the reason behind the decision not to postpone the elections, Kalaldeh said the World Health Organization and other experts predict that the coronavirus crisis will continue to affect the world for two more years. Jordanians must learn to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic until a treatment or vaccine is available, or the virus "dries up and dies".

Kalaldeh said the election results will be announced in three stages and a possible extension of the voting period would only be until 9 pm.

Election workers, ballot box managers and members of the press will get permits to work during the elections.