Study: 68% of Jordanians don’t trust political reform committee

Sixty-eight per cent of Jordanians do not trust the recently-formed Royal Committee to Modernise the Political System and its expected outcomes, an official study revealed yesterday.

The poll, carried out by the University of Jordan’s Center of Strategic Studies, showed that “only 32 percent of the Jordanian citizens believe that the committee will be able to formulate a fair election law that represents all segments of society.”

“Forty-seven percent of Jordanians do not follow the committee’s news and statements, and only 8% of those who heard about the committee follow all the committee’s news and statements,” the study said.

The Gallup poll pointed out that 31 per cent were “optimistic about the outcomes of the committee.”

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The committee was formed on 10 June under an order by King Abdullah II, with the aim to “put forward new draft election and political parties laws, while looking into the necessary constitutional amendments, and mechanisms of parliamentary work.”

The committee is also “developing legislation regulating local administration, expanding participation in decision-making, and creating a political and legislative environment conducive to the active engagement of youth and women in public life.”


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