Of Election Banners And Slogans: Part I

Roundabouts, try crossroads and traffic lights are the most common venues for posters and banners.

Traffic Sign reads: “Dead End”.
Stand-up posters can not exceed 1.5 meters in height, and 1 meter in width. Posters and/or banners must be placed 4.5 meters above the ground level, where there are pedestrians or cars passing beneath them.

“All Jordanians are Jordanians” “The Right of Return is sacred and cannot be discarded”.
Posters cannot be made from wood or metal. No adhesives are permitted.

“Yes to duty free and tax free food and pharmaceuticals”.
Posters cannot be attached to any electric or telephone poles.

“Your concern is my concern”.
Candidates running in Amman must deposit 2,000JDs, which is returned to them granted they do not violate any campaigning regulations, and remove all materials a week after elections.

“We bring together and not divide”

“All Jordanians are Jordanian…The Renaissance is achieved with the woman participating fully in the state and society”

“Supporting sport clubs is a national duty”.
Posters should not exceed 5 meters squared.

“The homeland is for everyone” and
“No matter how much we progress…the country deserves more”


  • as cluttered as it might get .. its still neater and more aesthetic than beirut hehe ..

    in beirut .. you would have the same flyer glued on the wall fifty times adjacently .. and even after elections some are never taken down .. or are only half torn off the wall ..

  • Here’s what I blogged on bad campaigning behavior when walking around: http://naydynmoody.blogspot.com/2007/10/messages-by-association-jordan.html

    I refuse to accept their insulting behavior and their lack of agendas or vision. Not a single candidate is running a real campaign. How sad! And speaking for myself personally, it becomes more sad and pathetic if I partake in this charade I’m so critical about.

    Shock the vote, and vote white!

  • I don’t think any of these candidates respect any of the guidelines/rules regarding their campaigns..how do we know that they’ll be honest and decent enough to reflect the true wishes of the citizens?
    They’re using slogans such as ‘we have the right to return’, like he’s really going to help us do that. I haven’t seen a single one camapigning for helping the poor, or helping in closing the gap between the wealthy and those less fortunate. They’re picking the more obvious genres, women..athletes..palestinians..
    I am not going to vote, cz I believe that the elections are uselss, and the ”winners” are picked beforehand.

  • First, I was surprised when I saw the above comment because I know I didn’t comment on this post…then I quickly realized that I am not the only Iman in the world and I guess not the only Iman who reads your blog 😛

    Second, I honestly don’t know much about elections in Jordan …how similar or different they are to elections in the States… and perhaps I’ll read up on that later…but from the bits and pieces I read from the Jordanian blogsphere, it’s obvious that many out there who pride themselves in being a socially responsible citizen (through their blogs) are not really taking advantage of their chance to participate… a lot don’t feel that their vote will make a difference…there is no motivation at all … and maybe they cannot be blamed for that …but they have a chance to participate, why not take advantage of that?! change is not going to happen over night …you have to start somewhere and go through many hurdles to achieve or even come close to achieving your goal …but if you don’t have the passion or dedication to be a part of the change, and work towards making a change, then things are bound to remain the same.. and at the end of the day, if you didn’t participate regardless if it will make a difference or not, you don’t have the right to complain!

  • You’re right Iman, if you don’t want to vote for a specific candidate, at least leave a blank vote. This would show how many people want to vote, but couldn’t find a proper candidate to vote for.

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