Monitoring the 2010 Parliamentary Elections in Jordan
Project details
Name: Monitoring the 2010 Parliamentary Elections in Jordan
Type: Funded by more than one party
Date: 1/6/2010
Duration: June 2010 – January 2011
Description: Name of the donor: National Democratic Institute for International Affaires ( NDI ) and Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Partners : (1256) observers representing over (50) civil society organizations from the various governorates of the Kingdom , in addition to a team of researchers to monitor the performance and neutrality of the media during the project period, on elections day and beyond. Objectives: • Ensuring political pluralism and the rights of Jordanian citizens to run for elections and vote in a free and just manner . • To expand the base of political participation through building and strengthening public confidence in the electoral process. Components: • Field monitoring : 1. Forming an in-house NCHR team to prepare and supervise all stages of the monitoring process; 2. Laying down a specific, clear action plan; 3. Preparing the required monitoring forms and training materials in accordance with international criteria for free and impartial elections, as well as established international practices and principles in this area; 4. Preparing a code of ethics to govern the conduct of all participants in the monitoring process; 5. Laying down a plan to distribute monitors in the polling centers in accordance with the number of polling boxes in each constituency, so that all the Kingdom’s 12 governorates are adequately covered; 6. Preparing a communication plan between monitors and field coordinators at the district and governorate levels and securing the necessary communication lines and associated equipment; 7. Training all the monitors on fair and impartial elections criteria, as stipulated in the Jordanian Constitution and international covenants and best practices, as well as on administering the monitoring forms and dispatching the results by SMS messages to the Center; 8. Securing communication hot lines to receive complaints on Election Day from citizens all over the Kingdom. 9. Analyzing the monitoring results electronically and manually and preparing data and reports thereon; 10. Maintaining contact with the Ministry of Interior (MoI) and the Civil Status and Passports Department (CSPD); through the stages of the Parliamentary Elections particularly on the polling day via liaison officer incumbent thereto. • Media monitoring : NCHR monitored the election process and followed up daily what had been broadcast and published by audio-visual and printed media, in addition to verifying the authenticity and credibility of these materials. The Center used the following mechanism in implementing such monitoring: 1. The mechanism of journalistic monitoring which dealt with what is published by newspapers and websites on a daily basis. 2. Archiving news and all that is related to the election process in special registers at the Center. NCHR published the media monitoring at all stages of the election process in a special report. • Complaints received by NCHR: The Center studied and analyzed the complaints sent to it by electors and candidates with regard to the election process. It also followed up these complaints and addressed the authorities concerned in order to take the necessary measures regarding these complaints, if necessary. NCHR received such complaints through the following methods: 1. The hot-line allocated for receiving complaints at NCHR. 2. Direct visits to NCHR by persons lodging complaints. 3. NCHR’s website or fax.9 4. Documenting complaints in the field by monitors by virtue of their direct work in monitoring the election process. 5. The 14 hot lines allocated for Election Day. • Preparing a detailed report regarding the proceedings of the 2010 electoral process , in which the stages of the electoral process were monitored : 1. Monitoring the proceedings of voters registration . 2. Monitoring the proceedings of the stage of candidature for House of Deputies membership and the legal contestations . 3. Monitoring the proceedings of the Election Campaigning . Monitoring the proceedings of the Election Day and Vote Sorting .
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