The im­por­tance of Jor­dan’s lo­cal elec­tions

The Week Middle East - - News - Dr Bassem al-Tweissi Al-Ghad

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.

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