Election posters are on display in the capital, Amman, Jordan, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh)
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Jordan's parliamentary election Tuesday is being touted as proof that the pro-Western monarchy is moving forward with democratic reforms despite regional turmoil and security threats.More than 4 million Jordanians over the age of 17 are eligible to vote, more than twice the number in the 2013 election, when voters had to preregister.In all, 1,252 candidates are running on 226 district lists. Voters can select one or more candidates on a list.Only 6 percent of the lists are affiliated with a specific political party, 11 percent have some party representatives, 39 percent are independent and 43 percent are based on tribal affiliations, according to the International Republican Institute, a U.S.-based nonpartisan group that seeks to promote democracy. The IAF competed in 2007, but boycotted parliament elections in 2010 and 2013, arguing the electoral system was unfair.Rantawi said he believes about 30 seats are in play for political parties, including about 20 for the IAF, and that the remaining 100 seats would be split among individuals.
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