The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) of Jordan has launched a large-scale awareness-raising campaign meant to widely disseminate informative material about the upcoming elections throughout Jordan, with the aim of fostering citizens’ participation in national political life.
The Door-to-Door campaign was launched in Madaba on July 9, 2017.
During the door-to-door campaign, three type of leaflets will be distributed to every local council and municipality in Jordan. One leaflet is about the general voting procedures, the second one provides an explanation about the new decentralization law, and the third leaflet focuses on the specific voting procedures for the upcoming election of Local Councils.
For this awareness raising campaign, the IEC has mobilized around 20.000 volunteers in charge of distributing the information material. According to the information provided by the IEC, the average age of the volunteers is 23- 25 years old and around 60% of them are women. The IEC has also been responsible for organizing trainings of trainers for youth volunteers who will be in charge of training their peers, thus multiplying the effect of the training. Candidates will also receive samples of this informative material to distribute amongst their constituencies.
The EU Support to Jordanian Democratic Institutions & Development (EU JDID) project, which is part of the wider programme “Enhance Support to Democratic Governance in Jordan” supported the printing of 4,200,000 leaflets that will be distributed to every household in the country. In addition to this specific activity, through its 2nd Component “Electoral Assistance”, the project is providing full time technical, advisory, ICT and logistical support to the IEC in order to contribute to the upcoming elections scheduled for the 15th of August.
The EU Funded Project “EU Support to Jordanian Democratic Institutions & Development (EU-JDID)” is part of the broader Programme “Enhanced Support to Democratic Governance in Jordan”. EU JDID which is composed of four components is managed by two entities, a consortium which is led by ECES and includes four European non-profit organisations: European Partnership for Democracy (EPD), Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WfD), Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD) and French Agency for Media Cooperation (CFI), and the fourth components which is managed by the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID)