|Jordanian Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour shows his certification before registration at a polling station in Al Balqa, Jordan, on Jan. 23, 2013. Jordanians headed to voting stations on Wednesday to elect their 17th lower house of parliament. (Xinhua/Cheng Chunxiang)
AMMAN, Jan. 23 (Xinhua) -- Jordan's Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour said on Wednesday he will submit his resignation after the parliamentary elections are over.
Jordanians started casting their ballot on Wednesday morning to elect the 17th lower house of parliament.
In a press conference Wednesday, the prime minister said he would submit his resignation to King Abdullah II as soon as the polls are over.
As of 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, more than 295,000 citizens have cast their votes, President of Independent Elections Commission Abul Ilah Khatib said, adding that the voting process was going smoothly.
Public Security Department spokesperson Mohammad Khatib said that no incidents have been registered so far, state-run Petra news agency reported.
Jordan's largest opposition party, the Islamic Action Front, have decided to boycott the elections, demanding radical constitutional management and change of election law.
Ensour said that voting is a duty, and that boycotting the elections is not democratic.
Some 2.3 million Jordanians out of 3 million eligible voters have registered to vote.