However, the group which had 50 observers from 29 countries stationed throughout Jordan, said there were shortcomings related to gerrymandering and that tribalism is encouraged over political party formation. It urged the king to work toward consolidating political parties along ideological lines so that future elections would veer from voting along tribal lines.
It cited a few examples of voters announcing publicly their candidate choice and where some polling officials gave over their authority to candidates and their agents.
The new parliament will for the first time in Jordan’s history elect a prime minister — a major power-ceding concession by the king in the wake of street protests over the past two years, inspired by Arab Spring uprisings. The protesters, initially led by youth activists and later spearheaded by the Brotherhood, have demanded more people power and a greater say in politics.
The election commission said 1.3 million Jordanians, or 56.7 percent of nearly 2.3 million people who were registered to vote, had cast their ballots.
Later Thursday, eyewitnesses and police reported three violent incidents related to the elections. The worst violence was reported in the southern city of Maan, where a dozen masked men attacked government institutions, banks and police cars during a dispute between followers of two rival tribal candidates.
In the southwestern city of Karak, followers of rival tribal contestants beat each other when the results were announced, while in the northern town of Mafraq, tribal followers burned tires and hurled stones at policemen to protest the election tally.