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One-vote margin delays finalization of Fatah vote results

Aug. 11, 2009 11:58 A.M. (Updated: Aug. 12, 2009 2:39 P.M.)
Bethlehem – Ma’an Exclusive – Fatah officials are re-counting the last box of votes from the party’s election for the Central Committee after preliminary results showed a razor-thin margin for some of the apparent winners.

According to the election system, the top 18 candidates would win a place on the Central Committee. An initial count however showed a one-vote difference between Muhammad Shtayeh in 18th place, At-Tayyib Abdul Rahim in 19th place, and Ahmad Quriea in 20th.

Fatah officials overseeing the vote count released the following unofficial figures to Ma’an, with official results expected later in the day.

After the initial count: the following candidates appeared headed for victory:

1 – Muhammad (Abu Maher) Ghneim: 1,338

2 - Mahmoud Al-Aloul: 1,112

3 - Marwan Barghouti: 1,063

4 - Nasser Al-Kidwa: 964

5 - Salim Za’noun: 920

6 - Jibril Rajoub: 908

7 - Tawfiq Tirawi: 903

8 - Saeb Erekat: 863

9 - Othman Abu Gharbiya: 854

10 - Muhammad Dahlan: 853

11 - Muhammad Al-Madani: 841

12 - Jamal Muheisen: 733

13 - Hussein Ash-Sheikh: 726

14 - Azzam Al-Ahmad: 690

15 - Sultan Abu Aynein: 677

16 - Nabil Sha’ath: 645

17 - Abbas Zaki: 641

18 - Muhammad Shtayeh: 638

The following two candidates missed the cutoff, according to the preliminary results.

19 - Tayyib Abdul Rahim: 637

20 - Ahmad Qureia: 636
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