JNCHR Releases a Handbook on “The National and International Electoral Standards”

The National Center for Human Rights (JNCHR) has published a Handbook concerning “The National and International Electoral Standards”.

The Handbook is divided into three parts. The first identifies the constitutional provisions that provide for citizen’s right to free and fair elections. The second sets out the international standards and instruments that guarantee the right to transparent and free election. Those instruments includes; the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the 1966 International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. The last and third part covers the national legislations, especially; the Election law, the Jordan's Independent Election Commission (IEC) Law, as well as the executive instructions issued by the Commission which incorporate provisions to facilitate the implementation of the laws mentioned above with the view to guarantee the conducting of fair and free elections.

The development of this Handbook is the result of the pre-elections national campaign that was launched by JNCHR in January this year. The campaign held under the slogan “ballot secretly, voice your opinion freely” and was intended to promote and raise voters’ awareness of the importance of an active involvement and participation in the electoral process.

The campaign also aimed to increase the citizens’ awareness on the importance of free participation in the electoral process, to familiarize the citizens with the provisions that were incorporated in the new Parliamentary Election Law enacted in July, 2012, namely; the party lists elected by proportional representation at the national level, to promote the right of women to participate in the electoral process and to sensitize the citizens on the right to equal and secret suffrage.

On the other hand, within the framework of the campaign, JNCHR conducted training workshops focused on the legal framework of the electoral process based on the international standards and the national legislations in force, the secrecy of the ballot, as well as presenting the Jordan's Independent Election Commission (IEC) role as a new experience in the supervision and administration of all phases of parliamentary elections.