The results of the elections, which are considered a major milestone in teachers’ decades-long efforts to establish their syndicate .and with no doubt that the elections were integral and transparent.
Teachers and administrators of schools went to chose members who are actual teachers engaged in the profession among those who took part in the movement for the syndicate from the start.
A total of 21 women won in the closed-list system, in addition to five who ran as independents in the elections, out of the 162 women who ran for candidacy.
Unlike parliamentary and municipal elections, the Teachers Association Law does not entail a women’s quota.
At a press conference to announce the results of the elections, Minister of Education Eid Dahiyat said the overall elections rate stood at 77.9 per cent.
He noted that the voting turnout stood at 73 per cent in Amman, 79 per cent in Madaba, 72.2 per cent in Zarqa, 84.5 per cent in Balqa, 71 per cent in Irbid, 85.4 in Jerash, 83 per cent in Ajloun, 72.2 per cent in Mafraq, 80 per cent in Karak, 82.2 per cent in Tafileh, 78.5 per cent in Maan and 73.9 per cent in Aqaba.
Dahiyat voiced his satisfaction with the elections process, stressing that it went “smoothly” despite the “overwhelming” number of teachers who voted, estimated at 83,000 out of 105,000 teachers eligible to vote.
Dahiyat called on winners to convene on Thursday to conduct internal elections for the president, secretary general and secretary of the central committee that will elect the association’s council and president on April 13.