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UN envoy encouraged by preparations for upcoming Palestinian local elevations

  Street scene and market in Gaza City. Photo: World Bank/Arne Hoel 24 August 2016 – United Nations Deputy Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Robert Piper today said he is encouraged by preparations for the early October poll across the occupied West Bank and Gaza – the …

Is Abbas using Christians to keep Hamas from power?

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (C) chairs a meeting with the PLO’s executive committee in the West Bank city of Ramallah, March 1, 2016. (photo by REUTERS/Fadi Arouri) GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas issued a decree July 31 increasing the quota for Christians in local governing councils in …

Hamas accuses Israel of intervening with elections after top official detained in raids

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — At least two Palestinian youth were injured with live fire by Israeli forces during clashes and 25 Palestinians were detained during widespread raids overnight Tuesday across the occupied West Bank. At least ten members of the Hamas movement were among the detained, including the movement’s main elections …

Palestinian electoral commission: Israel might hinder upcoming local elections

  Chairman of the Palestinian Central Elections Commission Hanna Nasir (L) with former Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh (R) during a meeting in Gaza City, May 28, 2012. (photo by REUTERS/ Ibraheem Abu Mustafa) RAMALLAH, West Bank — Hanna Nasir, the chairman of the Palestinian Central Elections Commission (CEC) located in al-Bireh, …

Hamas, Fatah no longer the only candidates in Palestinian elections

Palestinians cast their vote at a polling station in the West Bank town of Jenin, Jan. 25, 2006.  (photo by REUTERS/Ammar Awad)   GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The Palestinian left-wing forces announced their intention to run in the Palestinian local council (municipal) elections slated for Oct. 8, in a unified …

Will Hamas, Dahlan join forces in upcoming local elections?

  Palestinian supporters of the former head of Fatah in the Gaza Strip, Mohammed Dahlan, hold posters depicting Dahlan (R) during a protest against Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Gaza City, Dec. 18, 2014.  (photo by REUTERS/Mohammed Salem) Read more: http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2016/07/hamas-participate-palestinian-local-elections.html#ixzz4FVkV3XJY GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The Hamas movement agreed to …

Local elections could help unlock Palestinian political paralysis

Last month’s decision by the Palestinian Authority to schedule municipal elections in early October hardly registered in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, much less here in Washington. In light of Hamas’ recent decision to take part in the process, however, those elections have suddenly taken on new meaning. While …

Hamas to prepare technocrat lists for local elections

Hamas leader in the West Bank Hussein Abu-Kwaik said that his movement had started “initial discussions” to prepare national technocrat lists for the local elections in both the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Anadolu reported on Monday. Abu-Kwaik stressed that his movement “decided to facilitate the elections in order to …

Palestinian factions sign Charter of Honour on municipal elections

Prominent Palestinian factions have signed a Charter of Honour regarding the municipal elections slated for 8 October, Anadolu news agency reported on Friday. Reporting the Central Elections Committee, Anadolu said that the Charter of Honour stresses on respecting the results of the elections regardless of the winner. It also called …

Voter registration centers open for 5 days across West Bank, Gaza Strip

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) – The Palestinian Central Elections Commission (CEO) announced Saturday that voter registration centers would be open from Saturday until Wednesday in all local and municipal councils across the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip in preparations for the upcoming local elections in October.CEO Secretary-General Lamis al-Alami made the …