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PA closes voter registration for West Bank municipal elections

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority’s Central Elections Commission (CEC) announced on Wednesday that the voter registration process for local elections was now complete after registration centers had been open for five days. The CEC said physical and online registration both closed at 3 p.m., after 40,000 new voters registered …

PA to hold local elections in West Bank only, after Hamas refuses to participate in Gaza

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Fatah-dominated Palestinian Authority (PA) has decided to hold local elections in the occupied West Bank on May 13 as scheduled, while excluding Palestinians in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip from taking part. During the PA’s weekly cabinet meeting on Tuesday in Bethlehem, it was decided that elections …

Hamdallah says government may be forced to conduct elections in West Bank alone

RAMALLAH, February 26, 2017 (WAFA) – Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said on Sunday that in case Hamas rejects to allow the government to hold the municipal elections on time, the government will decide to hold the elections in the West Bank alone and will postpone the elections in the Gaza …

Hamas decries Abbas overreach in setting local elections for spring

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The Palestinian Authority announced Jan. 31 that local council elections will be held on May 13 in all Palestinian territories — the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem — in coordination with President Mahmoud Abbas. However, Hamas said it will not take part …

PCHR: Holding local elections requires comprehensive national dialogue

PNN/ Gaza/ On 31 Januarys 2017, the Palestinian Council of Ministers issued a decision to hold local elections in the West Bank and Gaza Strip on 13 May 2017.  The decision assigned the Central Elections Commission (CEC) to carry out the necessary preparations to start the elections and the Minister …

Palestinian Authority created ‘atmosphere of hysteria’

PA President Mahmoud Abbas was widely criticised by Palestinians for attending the funeral of Israeli politician Shimon Peres [EPA] A recent poll has found that 63.8 percent of youth in the West Bank and Gaza would rather maintain the Palestinian Authority than dissolve it. Analysts and political activists, however, believe …

Why opinion polls won’t bring democracy to Palestine

The Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) can be seen as a “republic of polling centres”. Over the past two decades, opinion polling has become an industry that attracts local, regional and international actors. The results of these polls give an overall indication of the “public mood”, but they are not taken …

Palestinian election delayed indefinitely, widening rift

World Bulletin / News Desk The political gap between the Israeli-occupied West Bank and the blockaded Gaza Strip has widened after the Palestinian Supreme Court ruled last week that municipal polls would not be held in the latter, according to a senior Hamas official. In exclusive comments to Anadolu Agency, Basem …

Local Palestinian elections ‘referendum on Abbas rule’

The Palestinian Authority is buying time to avoid an electoral defeat, analysts say. The Palestinian Authority decided to delay the vote for up to four months after the Central Elections Commission ruled that the Gaza Strip could not participate in the vote [Reuters] The fate of local elections in the …

UN Special Coordinator welcomes PA decision to postpone elections

PNN/ Bethlehem/ The United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov, on Tuesday welcomed the decision to postpone local elections, saying that it  is the national interest of the Palestinian people that when such elections take place, they be organized both in the West Bank and Gaza. “I …