• Short Summary

    Jordanians went to the polls in Amman and other electorates on March 12 for the first time since 1967 to vote for candidates to fill eight vacant seats in the Lower House of Deputies for Jordan's East Bank.The seats were vacated by members who died during the decade in which the parliament, recalled in January, was suspected.Although there were no women among the 101 candidates for the by-elections, women were eligible both to stand and vote for parliamentary seats.It was the first time they were able to exercise their franchise, granted 10 years ago.Initial turnout among the 500-thousand electorate was slow, even though the day was a public holiday.Voting was not along party lines because political parties are banned under the current martial law.The 60-seat parliament is evenly split between the East and West Banks, but because of the Israeli occupation, empty seats on the West Bank are filled by the Lower House of Deputies itself.Six Moslems and two Christians were elected to fill the East Bank vacancies.

  • Description

    1.
    SV Noticeboard, PULL BACK TO GV Security guard at gate.
    0.08

    2.
    SV Woman gets out of taxi.
    0.13

    3.
    SV INTERIOR Voters checking electoral information.
    0.21

    4.
    SV EXTERIOR Women outside polling place.
    0.26

    5.
    SV INTERIOR Men queue to vote and put papers in ballot box.
    0.38

    6.
    SCU Officials check voting papers against roll. (2 SHOTS)
    0.57

    7.
    SV Men fill in voting papers and put them in ballot box. (3 SHOTS)
    1.16




    Initials GG/JRS





    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: Jordanians went to the polls in Amman and other electorates on March 12 for the first time since 1967 to vote for candidates to fill eight vacant seats in the Lower House of Deputies for Jordan's East Bank.The seats were vacated by members who died during the decade in which the parliament, recalled in January, was suspected.Although there were no women among the 101 candidates for the by-elections, women were eligible both to stand and vote for parliamentary seats.It was the first time they were able to exercise their franchise, granted 10 years ago.Initial turnout among the 500-thousand electorate was slow, even though the day was a public holiday.Voting was not along party lines because political parties are banned under the current martial law.The 60-seat parliament is evenly split between the East and West Banks, but because of the Israeli occupation, empty seats on the West Bank are filled by the Lower House of Deputies itself.Six Moslems and two Christians were elected to fill the East Bank vacancies.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAE1ZEMJPFW549ELTE7A2F4RMHF
    Media URN:
    VLVAE1ZEMJPFW549ELTE7A2F4RMHF
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/03/1984
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:16:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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