Delegation from Jordanian Parliament Studies Lebanese Parliament's Voting and Bill Tracking Systems
SUNY/CID NEWS STORIES 2005
The State University of New York in Jordan (SUNY/Jordan) led a delegation of six key Jordanian members of Parliament and staffers on a study tour to Beirut, Lebanon from November 23 to 26, 2005. SUNY/Jordan's Chief of Party, Mark Leverson, led the delegation that included Fayez Ali Shawabkeh, Secretary General of the Parliament. The trip's primary objective was to examine the Lebanese Parliament's electronic voting system, observe its transcription system, and engage in frank discussions about how the Jordanian Parliament should proceed with its plans to upgrade and modernize systems in the plenary chamber. The group was also able to study the bill-tracking system being employed in Beirut and obtain critical lessons learned in how to re-engineer legislative processes and procedures.
According to the Jordanian delegation, the trip assisted participants to reach consensus concerning necessary technical upgrades, as well as how best to implement its reform strategy for the lower chamber. The delegation met with the key representatives of the Lebanese Parliament, including the Secretary General, the General Secretary for Committee Session, MPs, and the librarian. Additionally, they met with SUNY/Jordan's implementing partner for information technology, the SUNY Center for Legislative Development, that is based in Beirut.
In July, 2005, SUNY/CID established a two-year legislative strengthening program, under a $7.2 million contract from USAID, to assist the Jordanian Parliament. SUNY staffers are working closely with Jordanian MPs and staffers to strengthen the effectiveness, transparency, accountability, and responsiveness of the legislative process in Jordan. The two-year project also aims to increase public outreach by the Jordanian parliament.