On Sunday, February 12th, His Majesty King Abdullah met with Khaled Kalaldeh, the President of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) to discuss the upcoming Municipal and Governorate Council elections scheduled to occur on August 15th, 2017.
According to a Royal Court Statement, in this meeting the King outlined a few key objectives in the administration of these elections. First and foremost, the King emphasized the importance of conducting the elections with the highest amount of impartiality and fairness. The IEC will have the full support of the Jordanian government and the expertise of the oversight agency (the agency that supervised the 2016 Parliamentary elections) to utilize as resources in achieving this goal.
His Majesty also highlighted the importance of engaging Jordanian citizens in the elections through intensified awareness campaigns. The decentralization project relies on civic engagement and awareness about election mechanisms and processes. Therefore, increasing the average voter’s political literacy is of paramount importance. The King underlined the importance of interdepartmental cooperation and coordination within the state to achieve these aims.
His Majesty King Abdullah, Prime Minister Hani Al-Mulki, and IEC President Khaled Kalaldeh all agreed upon these goals and priorities and thus, the elections were formally scheduled and announced publicly the day after this meeting, Monday, February 13th.