AMMAN Ã¢?? The Lower House speaker on Tuesday chided more than 40 deputies for not attending Monday’s Lower House session and published their names in the local Arabic press yesterday.
During Monday’s session, Abdul Hadi Majali criticised the absentees and decided to take the unprecedented action of publishing their names in the papers.
The move was in accordance with House bylaws, which stipulate that deputies who fail to attend House sessions without a written excuse will have their names published in the daily press.
…A total of 56 deputies attended Monday’s session.
…25 out of the 41 absent deputies left the House after the 15-minute break given by Majali.
The House speaker had warned deputies against absenting themselves from the House session last Wednesday and again on Sunday, and threatened to take Ã¢??proper measuresÃ¢?Â against those who were absent without an excuse. [source]
I thought this was pretty funny actually. I’ve never seen government accountability in Jordan, especially an attempt at self-regulated accountability. Quite the rarity. I wonder where they get the “written excuses”? Their mommies?
I guess there’s a first time for everything.
Hopefully it will be the last time names will need to be published.
Actually, there’s really no point to publishing the names other than the humiliation it causes. What they should do is publish the phone numbers of the duputies homes or offices so people can call them.
Your tax JDs at work people.