Preparing for the upcoming elections in Jordan

December 13, 2019

At the end of November 2019, more than 250 Jordanian journalists from both the country's capital, Amman, and the provinces were trained on how to provide better coverage of the upcoming elections.

The media play a crucial role in engaging citizens in politics. Acting as both a source of information and a tool for raising awareness, they contribute to the overall transparency of political affairs. They influence the way people form their political opinions and how they vote. Supporting the media and enhancing journalists' skills thus helps to strengthen democracy.

Throughout November 2019, EU-JDID, the Independent Election Commission in Jordan and CFI joined forces to provide information days focusing on the roles and obligations of the media during elections, and also on electoral law and the electoral process. The content of the training was devised by the Commission's media and press team, which also led the training sessions.

More than 250 journalists hailing from major towns and cities in the country (Mafraq, Al-Salt, Tafilah, Ma'an, Aqaba, Irbid, Madaba, Ajloun, Zarqa, Karak and Amman) took part in the courses.

By involving all types of media, the Independent Election Commission ensured that as many local correspondents as possible received training. They will therefore be better prepared to cover the next parliamentary elections, which are scheduled to take place in autumn 2020.