Thursday, October 25, 2007

Duplicate names

One of the (dirty) tricks played in elections here is the running of candidates with similar names. Typically, one of these candidates is paid to run in order to bleed off votes from a legitimate candidate. If you are in Irbid’s second district, voting for Husni Shiyyab will result in disqualifying your vote, because there are two candidates with the same name. Husni Ahmad Shiyyab is a political scientist and was a leftist deputy from 1989 to 1993; while his namesake Husni Fandi Shiyyab is a physician and a political novice.

In Ajloun's first district, you might vote for Mohammad Tu’meh Al Qudah. In this case, you will also waste your vote unless you differentiate between Mohammad Tu’meh Suleiman Al Qudah and Mohammad Tu’meh Oqleh Al Qudah, who are both running. One of them is an IAF candidate, but I won’t tell you which.

Cute, right?



At 7:17 PM, Blogger Ayman said...

Now that's devious.

Another thing that fazed me out totally when I followed the link to Ammon, was affixing the religion after the candidate’s name. Living in the U.S for so many years, it is unnerving to see religion displayed so prominently like that as part of an individual identity. Yet another benefit of the quota system?

At 4:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dr.Mohammad Tu’meh Suleiman Al Qudah, who is the IAF candidate, distinguished himself from the other candidate, who is called Al Shiekh, by using the word "Dr." and by calling himself the candidate of the Islamic movement "Abu Ubadah". if his voters mention the word "dr." in the ballot then they will avoid discarding the ballot. Dr. Qudah advertised, using banners, that there is another candidate who has same name in the district, so he appealed for his voters to write his name fully as mentioned in the banner. The name Mohammad Tu’meh Al Qudah has a very high recognition by the voters as a result of this action. Who is the smart?

At 12:09 PM, Blogger Madi said...

You're talking about them as if you know them in person, anyway it's a dirty trick indeed.


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