The importance of Jordan’s local elections
The way people vote in Jordan’s first provincial council elections, held within the framework of decentralization, will largely determine whether these councils will be a wlecome addition to the national democratic structure and development, or a new burden added to the many others that have long been dispensed as a recipe for democratization, representation and participation. The state cannot continue to practice progress methodology with the best reform plans and legislations, and then disappear when it comes to executive budgets, capacity building, and serious and rigorous monitoring. Decentralization is not a central government picnic in the provinces, nor is it propaganda for parliament so that it may become more preoccupied with regional and global politics. Decentralization needs real resources to enable local administrations to understand local democracy and apply it effectively by managing resources efficiently. We need to build local competencies capable of developing efficient public policies in each sector based on new ways of thinking.