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Jordan, February 12, 2020
Lower House creates joint committee to investigate electricity price hikes

AMMAN — The Lower House on Tuesday tasked a joint committee comprising members of the energy and finance committees with developing a report on the recent complaints of electricity price hikes.

Establishing the principle of integration between the executive and legislative authorities, Prime Minister Omar Razzaz directed all related bodies to fully cooperate with the committee as it reviews the complaints.

Razzaz tasked the Energy and Minerals Regulatory Commission (EMRC) with following up on the citizens' complaints.

He also said that the EMRC is reviewing the bills issued in January to 'transparently refer the results' to the government and to reveal the reason behind the recent hikes.

In a statement carried by the Jordan News Agency, Petra, Razzaz instructed the commission to assign a specialised company to review the electricity bills, adding that the government is moving towards developing a complaint mechanism for citizens.

'Since this is related to citizens' rights, the government will take action against any fault or underperformance regarding this issue,' he said.

Earlier in the day, the premier chaired a meeting of the National Energy Committee comprising heads of the finance and energy committees along with experts and academics to discuss citizens' complaints regarding the recent price hikes.