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Elections commission sets date to update Gaza voter registry
Published Wednesday 30/01/2013 (updated) 01/02/2013 11:30
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The Central Elections Commission will start updating the voter registry in Gaza on Feb. 11, a Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine official said Wednesday.

Palestinian factions met with the electoral body in Gaza City on Wednesday.

DFLP official Abdul-Hamid Abu Habbab told Ma'an that factions agreed the commission would update the electoral roll in 254 centers in Gaza over one week, starting Feb. 11

He said around 350,000 eligible voters were not registered. The roll has not been updated in Gaza since Jan. 2005.

A media campaign will be launched to encourage voter registration, Abu Habbab said. "We hope this step will pave the way to presidential and parliamentarian elections," he added.

Earlier Wednesday, commission chief Hanna Nasser met with Gaza premier Ismail Haniyeh.

Nasser told reporters at a news conference that most obstacles to preparing for elections had been resolved.

Gaza government spokesman Taher al-Nunu said the ministries of interior and education had been instructed to cooperate with the CEC and facilitate its work.

Once the voter registry is updated, the CEC will prepare for presidential and parliamentary elections and a vote for the PLO's Palestinian National Council, al-Nunu said.

In July 2012, Hamas suspended the CEC's work a day before it was due to begin registering voters in Gaza, citing the continued arrest of Hamas members in the West Bank and its questions over the commission's impartiality.

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1 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
31/01/2013 08:39
We wish our Palestinian cousins the best of luck and hope that they will indeed hold open and fair elections. Even moreso, we hope that Fatah and Hamas actually adopt democracy, which the entire world knows is much much more than simply holding elections. Fatah and Hamas have both shown that they reject freedom of the press, transparency in public accounting, and accountability of elected officials. Democracy stinks, but it's still the best for of government. Good luck Palestinians.

2 ) Fennie Stavast / The Netherlands
12/02/2013 16:49
@ Brian Cohen
I am happy Brian Cohen is so concerned with democracy. Here in Europe many people fail to understand how it is possible that political parties (not just one) in Israel can participate in elections and governments while having many political goals that are fully in contrast with international laws. Happy Brian is questioning the accountability of these elected officials.
Good luck Brian Cohen
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