Jordan has begun registering candidates for next month’s parliamentary elections, even as the kingdom struggles to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.
The three-day registration period comes after the Independent Election Commission finalised updating the list of 4.6 million voters.
The elections are scheduled for Nov. 10, though reports have repeatedly suggested that the poll could be postponed.
“Postponing the elections is a possible option, but this is not the commission’s decision’’
“If there is further spread and a total lockdown, then we will leave the decision to the king,’’ commission spokesperson Jihad al-Momani, told al-Mamlaka TV.
Authorities hope they will not have to enforce a total lockdown, which helped earlier this year to curb the spread of the virus in the kingdom.
However, coronavirus infections and deaths have been rapidly increasing since early August.
While most economic activity resumed operation, some restrictions on the number of people allowed in closed spaces and other health measures remain in place.
Public and private gatherings are allowed with a maximum of 20 people, and a night-time curfew remains in place across Jordan.
As per the law, the Cabinet has presented its resignation to King Abdullah this month and is now acting as a caretaker Cabinet until elections are conducted.
Authorities promised to double the number of polling stations compared to the number in previous elections to avoid overcrowding amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Edited By: Vincent Obi