Electoral reform in Jordan

It looks as though Jordan is going to adopt some form of list PR. David Jandura, writing at Awha Talk and The Monkey Cage, has the details.

If this change happens, it will mean saying goodbye to yet another SNTV system. On the other hand, as best I can tell from David’s description, SNTV was de-facto already abandoned as of the most recent election. In that election, they used a rather odd system of “ghost districts” that I am not sure that I really understand; it seems as if each wider electoral district was subdivided into M sub-districts (where M is the district magnitude), and that each candidate had to beat out only the other candidates in the “ghost” district to win. In other words, it was mechanically FPTP, as the winners would not necessarily be the top M in votes over the wider electoral region. The twist is that no one actually knew which candidates were competing against which other ones for a given seat–that’s the “ghost” aspect. Weird.

3 thoughts on “Electoral reform in Jordan

  1. The electoral law was amended this summer: there wil also be some seats elected nationwide by closed-list PR – “a cornerstone for developing partisan life”. Apparently the magnitude was subject to debate, ending with 27 seats. (Jordan Times)

    Parliament is dissolved now, but the electoral calendar is still unclear. (BBC)


  2. In the same region, I recall Syria had a rigged parliamentary election in May. Despite the removal of the provision for an automatic majority for Assad’s coalition, this was obviously was not a democratic election, but nonetheless, do we know under what electoral system it was ‘held’?


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