Tuesday, November 20, 2007

I voted

Despite my cynical attitude towards these elections, I must keep up the optimist side in me. This is why I went and voted for somebody I trust and respect.

The organization was reasonable, and I was in and out in less than 10 minutes. My name was checked on the computer, and registered manually in a notebook. My ID card was pressed with a raised star and and the bottom left corner was snipped off. This, apparently, is to prevent multiple voting. I wrote the candidate's name on a voter slip, which was signed and stamped, and placed the slip in a clear plastic box. About 30 observers representing the candidates were in the room to monitor what happened.

Good Luck to Dr. Hazim el Naser.



At 5:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

the only form of protest that you had available at your disposal is to abstain. and you could not even do that. i guess the regime knows us all too well, mere impotents.

At 6:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Bravo, Khalaf.

At 6:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So there were observers inside the centers... Why they made a fuss about it?

At 6:48 PM, Blogger Khalaf said...

Sharmoo: I exercised my right. I will not apologize for that.

Kinzi: :)

Ahmad: The fuss was about observers from NGO's. From what I could see, there was really no room for more observers in the room. This is the reason the minister of interior gave for not allowing civil society observers in.

At 7:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

what right? the right to be a stooge?
you know darn well only regime candidates will be guaranteed the absolute majority and the rest are the icing on the cake. you helped provide a cover for a farce. that only right you have in this election is a cosmetic one: to make it look real.

At 7:23 PM, Blogger Khalaf said...

OK. I will humor you for a while. Who do you mean by "regime candidates"? And why should I or anybody else be against "the regime"?

At 7:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


a friend once told me that there are a couple of bloggers who play the angry Jordanian blogger to trap people.

i read many of your posts and you seem like someone who is not happy with government performance.

but your last question can only be explained in light of my friend's revelation.

you are nothing but an intelligence officer whose only purpose is to trap people.

thank you for your last comment. it does clear things up.

At 7:52 PM, Blogger Khalaf said...

Yes. You have been trapped. Please prepare your toothbrush and some fresh underwear. Somebody will come and pick you up shortly.

At 8:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Hazim el Naser? Really? Can you please explain why you "trust and respect" him? I am quite curious because I take everything you say literally and seriously.

At 8:09 PM, Blogger Khalaf said...

Lamer: Hazim was one of the most successful ministers of water in Jordan. He initiated a number of important projects (like the Mujib and Wihdeh dams). He got in trouble because he insisted on collecting costs of water extracted by big businesses in the Disi area. Unfortunately, Adnan Badran was an an important shareholder in one of these companies, and when he became prime minister he chose another individual (Thafer el Alem) to be minister of water.

I know Hazem personally, and I feel that if elected, he will have the integrity and intelligence needed to make a mark on the parliament. Of course, I may be wrong.

At 11:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Khalaf mabrouk for Hazim Al Naser with 4259 votes. Abdullatif Arabiyat and Hashim Dabbas both failed in Balqa.

At 3:49 AM, Blogger Mohanned said...

I am shocked that they both lost, but I am shocked more about abdellateef...The arabiat vote was lost between hmood(Kharreeb), hashem, abdellateef..

The chances for abdellateef seemed really high from what I saw today..I don't know what happened!

We'll wait and see..

And mabrook for hazem el na9er,I hope he stays strong and stand up against heetan el disi..

At 8:17 AM, Blogger FadiMalian said...

Now we know more about Khalaf, I mean Geographically.

Mabrook for your candidate, I admire the positive attitude, doing something even the smallest better than leaving things unchanged, the former might or might not help, but the later definitely will not.

At 8:50 AM, Blogger Masalha1 said...

Dr. Hazim is an excellent choice I wish he was in my district I would've voted for him too.
As to Arabiat I'm shocked he did not make it obviously the Islamist in Salt did not vote for him nor for the IAF candidate in 5th district Amman ( Swieleh ) which is considered a strong hold for the IAF, also 6th district candidate did not win.
My analysis is that only IAF candidates of palestinians roots won yesterday, with exception to Karak and Ajloun which has low palestinians voters, I could be wrong but it looks that way.

At 8:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Way to go...

I don;t know why some people insist that only the bad people will win! or that the right thing to do is always opposing or abstaining when it comes to the government. I don't think those who wer elected are "the regime" candidates whatever this means... There are several names of good people who made it and who will hopefully make a change

At 10:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Al-Jazeera quotes official sources: in Amman (Jordan's most populous city by leaps and bounds) had a 17% voter turnout from total population of eligible voters. a sham election has been confirmed.

At 2:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

anonymous; maybe the number is right but it is an indicator of the negativity of voters and not the fraud of the elections. I think the way Jordanians voted in this elections was the real scandal as well as the bad quality of candidates composed of businessmen and tribal figures.

At 7:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

so if there was no available room as you witnessed, would not it be better to give it to NGOs? Its a civil organized movement and non biased.

As Zarqa and Irbid have major numbers of Palestinaian Jordanians and no IAF candidates made it there.. I think that the IAF core support made of palestinians is not true, at least this round and later on I hope :) what do you think?

At 7:40 PM, Blogger Khalaf said...

Ahmad: The law stipulates that candidates have the right to place observers. So the priority is for them. On the other hand, the process could have take place in larger rooms, if they so desired.

As for the question for Masalha, it seems that their core constituents have abandoned them, as they only won six seats. Two (Qudah; Ajloun first and Dhneibat; Karak first) benefited greatly from their tribal affiliations. It would be a mistake to conclude that they won solely on their party affiliation.

At 4:19 AM, Blogger Masalha1 said...

Talking to many analysts yesterday, the most two possible reasons to why the IAF lost so badly is: first, its possible that most of their supporters boycoted the election which seems to be reasonable looking at the percentage of the voters turnouts, the second analysis is the IAF supporters were not satisfied with the list of candidates the IAF leaders provided, meaning they wanted more extremist to run for election.
Whatever the reasons are I personally think the IAF could not win more than 20 to 25 members if they wanted to, even if they get Osama Bin Laden to run on their list, and all the support from the government.

At 10:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am always interested in matters that directly address the relation between Jordanians and Palestinians in order to get over the impurities that defy the original brotherhood and normal unity. One positive angle to look into this in my opinion that when IAF encouraged Hammas after June's Bloodshed, IAF paid for that in addition to the pure Jordanian front issues such as the municipal elections and the participation and nomination of the parliamentary elections. I do not know to what extent that may be true, or maybe its only wishful thinking..

At 7:33 AM, Blogger Masalha1 said...

I wouldn't go as far as calling it a punishment by the people for IAF stand on Hamas issue but rather a message from the base to the leaders, maybe pro FATEH voters did that but majority of IAF voters did not vote many Jordanians of palestinians roots didn't vote, some candidates used the Jordanians Palestinians tactic and won ( third district Balqa' ) where Amman fifth district Nimir Assaf Jordanian roots did not win despite the fact Sweileh is a strong hold for IAF, same goes to IAF candidates in Balqa' first and Amman 6th, how ever this is not to be generalized, its also possible that people don't want moderates regardless of their roots.


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